Vanguard Capital Wealth Advisors Buys Shares of 3,948 Morgan Stanley (MS)

Vanguard Capital Wealth Advisors bought a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) in the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor bought 3,948 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $207,000.

A number of other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Stifel Financial Corp increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 301.3% in the third quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 577,918 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $27,842,000 after acquiring an additional 433,920 shares during the period. Taylor Wealth Management Partners increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 1,353.0% in the fourth quarter. Taylor Wealth Management Partners now owns 7,265 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $381,000 after acquiring an additional 6,765 shares during the period. Greystone Managed Investments Inc. increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 5.4% in the third quarter. Greystone Managed Investments Inc. now owns 204,062 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $9,830,000 after acquiring an additional 10,393 shares during the period. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 6.1% in the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement System of Ohio now owns 967,141 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $46,587,000 after acquiring an additional 55,942 shares during the period. Finally, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board increased its stake in shares of Morgan Stanley by 57.5% in the fourth quarter. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board now owns 1,295,900 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $67,996,000 after acquiring an additional 473,242 shares during the period. 86.06% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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Morgan Stanley (MS) opened at $56.95 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.75, a current ratio of 0.77 and a quick ratio of 0.77. The firm has a market cap of $103,049.06, a PE ratio of 18.43, a PEG ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.50. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $40.06 and a 52 week high of $59.38.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.77 by $0.07. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 14.10% and a return on equity of 10.07%. The company had revenue of $9.50 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.25 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.81 earnings per share. Morgan Stanley’s quarterly revenue was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.53 EPS for the current year.

In other Morgan Stanley news, insider Daniel A. Simkowitz sold 87,050 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.55, for a total transaction of $4,661,527.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO Jonathan Pruzan sold 52,204 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.35, for a total transaction of $2,889,491.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 239,254 shares of company stock worth $13,085,019 over the last ninety days. 0.24% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on MS shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Barclays raised their price target on shares of Morgan Stanley from $52.00 to $62.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Societe Generale lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. Finally, Vining Sparks restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Monday, January 8th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, fifteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $54.39.

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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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)

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