Morgan Stanley (MS) Shares Sold by Systematic Financial Management LP

Systematic Financial Management LP reduced its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 5.0% in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 104,488 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after selling 5,467 shares during the quarter. Systematic Financial Management LP’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $5,482,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in MS. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 18.3% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 11,816,768 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $569,213,000 after buying an additional 1,828,697 shares in the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 14.2% during the 4th quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 12,643,249 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $663,392,000 after buying an additional 1,569,202 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 37.7% during the 4th quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 5,594,220 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $293,527,000 after buying an additional 1,532,991 shares in the last quarter. DSAM Partners London Ltd grew its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 622.8% during the 4th quarter. DSAM Partners London Ltd now owns 791,331 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $41,521,000 after buying an additional 681,856 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 14.6% in the fourth quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 5,186,989 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $272,163,000 after purchasing an additional 660,646 shares in the last quarter. 86.32% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other news, insider Daniel A. Simkowitz sold 87,050 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.55, for a total transaction of $4,661,527.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was 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. Insiders have sold 264,254 shares of company stock valued at $14,335,019 over the last ninety days. 0.35% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Societe Generale set a $61.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, January 22nd. Royal Bank of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Friday, January 19th. Atlantic Securities raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $61.00 target price for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. UBS Group raised shares of Morgan Stanley to an “overweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 target price for the company in a report on Thursday, January 4th. One 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’s stock. Morgan Stanley has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $54.07.

Morgan Stanley (MS) opened at $54.86 on Friday. 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 company has a market cap of $99,180.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.59, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.54. Morgan Stanley has a one year low of $40.06 and a one year high of $58.05.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $9.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.25 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 14.10% and a return on equity of 10.03%. Morgan Stanley’s quarterly revenue was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.81 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.51 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st were paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley’s payout ratio is 26.60%.

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About Morgan Stanley

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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