Deltec Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 37,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock, valued at approximately $1,467,000.

Several other large investors also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Vigilant Capital Management LLC grew its stake in Morgan Stanley by 183.8% in the 4th quarter. Vigilant Capital Management LLC now owns 1,158 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $46,000 after buying an additional 750 shares in the last quarter. Girard Partners LTD. purchased a new position in Morgan Stanley in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $115,000. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd grew its stake in Morgan Stanley by 108.8% in the 3rd quarter. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd now owns 2,815 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $131,000 after buying an additional 1,467 shares in the last quarter. Honkamp Krueger Financial Services Inc. purchased a new position in Morgan Stanley in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $157,000. Finally, Cerebellum GP LLC purchased a new position in Morgan Stanley in the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $168,000. 85.00% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on MS. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $45.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, December 11th. Credit Suisse Group reduced their price target on shares of Morgan Stanley from $62.00 to $58.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, December 7th. Wells Fargo & Co upgraded shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy ms” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 20th. Wolfe Research assumed coverage on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Tuesday, September 25th. They set an “outperform” rating for the company. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 27th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. Morgan Stanley currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $56.38.

Shares of MS traded down $0.26 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $42.15. 14,817,336 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 13,078,613. The firm has a market capitalization of $75.15 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.14, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.76 and a beta of 1.24. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67, a current ratio of 0.80 and a quick ratio of 0.80. Morgan Stanley has a 1 year low of $36.74 and a 1 year high of $59.38.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, January 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.90 by ($0.17). Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 12.08% and a net margin of 17.43%. The company had revenue of $8.55 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.32 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.84 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 10.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will post 5.01 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 15th. Investors of record on Thursday, January 31st will be given a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 30th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.85%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 26.03%.

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Morgan Stanley Profile

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. The company operates Institutional Securities, Wealth Management, and Investment Management segments.

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