Media headlines about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have trended positive on Tuesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a media sentiment score of 0.32 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6594331576188 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) traded down $0.04 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $53.39. The company had a trading volume of 8,659,493 shares, compared to its average volume of 10,140,000. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a current ratio of 0.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $96,520.00, a PE ratio of 17.28, a P/E/G ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 1.54. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $40.06 and a 52 week high of $58.05.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $9.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.25 billion. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 10.03% and a net margin of 14.10%. Morgan Stanley’s quarterly revenue was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.81 earnings per share. research analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.51 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be given a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.87%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.36%.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on MS. Oppenheimer restated a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Atlantic Securities upgraded Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $61.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Societe Generale set a $61.00 price objective on Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. Buckingham Research raised their price objective on Morgan Stanley from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a “top pick” rating and issued a $69.00 price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $54.07.

In other news, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total value of $189,766.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at $700,805.22. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $1,250,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.24% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Morgan Stanley Company Profile

Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. The Company’s segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management. The Company’s Institutional Securities business segment provides investment banking, sales and trading, and other services to corporations, governments, financial institutions and high-to-ultra high net worth clients.

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