Morgan Stanley (MS) Receives News Impact Score of 0.33

Media coverage about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has trended positive on Saturday, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a coverage optimism score of 0.33 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.5936405755501 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Morgan Stanley (MS) traded down $0.26 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $55.14. 7,448,195 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 10,390,000. 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 firm has a market capitalization of $99,690.00, a PE ratio of 17.84, a P/E/G ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.54. Morgan Stanley has a twelve month low of $40.06 and a twelve month high of $58.05.

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

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st were paid a $0.25 dividend. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.81%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.36%.

MS has been the topic of several analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $63.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Monday, November 20th. Vining Sparks restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, January 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $54.07.

In other Morgan Stanley news, CFO Jonathan Pruzan sold 52,204 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.35, for a total value of $2,889,491.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Chairman James P. Gorman sold 100,000 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, February 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.34, for a total transaction of $5,534,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 268,104 shares of company stock valued at $14,524,785 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 0.35% of the company’s stock.

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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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