Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the nineteen research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have assigned a hold recommendation and ten have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $56.00.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on MS shares. HSBC reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Societe Generale in a research report on Thursday, April 4th. Citigroup raised Infosys from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday. BMO Capital Markets lowered their price target on Pentair to $39.00 and set a “market perform” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, April 18th. Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. Finally, Oppenheimer set a $15.00 price target on Strongbridge Biopharma and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 26th.

Shares of NYSE:MS traded up $0.69 during trading on Friday, reaching $44.87. 9,563,155 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 8,334,483. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.60, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a current ratio of 0.80. Morgan Stanley has a 1-year low of $36.74 and a 1-year high of $51.53. The stock has a fifty day moving average price of $43.09. The stock has a market capitalization of $74.32 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.73, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.05 and a beta of 1.31.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, April 17th. The financial services provider reported $1.33 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.17 by $0.16. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 11.45% and a net margin of 16.75%. The company had revenue of $10.29 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.96 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.45 earnings per share. Morgan Stanley’s revenue for the quarter was down 7.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.67 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other Morgan Stanley news, insider Daniel A. Simkowitz acquired 7,000 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 18th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $47.57 per share, for a total transaction of $332,990.00. Following the purchase, the insider now directly owns 193,089 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,185,243.73. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.23% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Nalls Sherbakoff Group LLC bought a new position in Morgan Stanley in the 4th quarter valued at $28,000. Liberty Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley during the 4th quarter worth $29,000. IMA Wealth Inc. bought a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley during the 1st quarter worth $31,000. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI grew its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 46.2% during the 1st quarter. Citizens Financial Group Inc RI now owns 775 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $32,000 after acquiring an additional 245 shares during the period. Finally, Destination Wealth Management grew its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 38.7% during the 1st quarter. Destination Wealth Management now owns 771 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $33,000 after acquiring an additional 215 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 83.85% of the company’s stock.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company operates through Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management segments.

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