Morgan Stanley (MS) Receives Coverage Optimism Rating of 0.16

Headlines about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a daily sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.872671562451 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Morgan Stanley (NYSE MS) traded down $0.18 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $52.47. The stock had a trading volume of 5,798,376 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,517,696. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68. The firm has a market capitalization of $95,185.89, a PE ratio of 14.53, a P/E/G ratio of 1.23 and a beta of 1.64. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $40.06 and a 52 week high of $54.25.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.93 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.12. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 10.07% and a net margin of 16.76%. The company had revenue of $9.20 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.05 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.80 earnings per share. Morgan Stanley’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 3.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $53.00 target price on Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Oppenheimer reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research cut Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday. Finally, Compass Point reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $38.00 target price (up from $34.00) on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Monday, September 25th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $51.70.

In related news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 16,397 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.07, for a total transaction of $820,997.79. Following the sale, the insider now owns 111,776 shares in the company, valued at $5,596,624.32. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated 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 85,247 shares of company stock worth $4,284,364 in the last quarter. 0.35% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

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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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