Press coverage about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.0408718987203 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) traded down $0.16 during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $52.72. 6,152,000 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 9,347,234. Morgan Stanley has a one year low of $40.06 and a one year high of $54.25. The company has a market capitalization of $95,310.00, a P/E ratio of 14.56, a PEG ratio of 1.23 and a beta of 1.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a current ratio of 0.74.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.93 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.12. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 16.76% and a return on equity of 10.07%. The company had revenue of $9.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.05 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.80 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will post 3.59 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. Wells Fargo & Co set a $55.00 price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target for the company in a report on Monday, December 11th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 price target for the company in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Citigroup reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $50.00 price target (up from $46.00) on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Monday, October 9th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their price target for the company from $49.00 to $54.00 in a report on Monday, October 9th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, eighteen have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Morgan Stanley currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $51.70.

In other news, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total transaction of $189,766.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 40,000 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.59, for a total transaction of $2,023,600.00. Following the sale, the president now owns 692,037 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $35,010,151.83. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders sold 85,247 shares of company stock valued at $4,284,364. Insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

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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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