News stories about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. The research group scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.4612009652123 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:
- Morgan Stanley Lifts CEO’s Pay 20% to $27 Million for 2017 (finance.yahoo.com)
- Royal Bank of Canada Reiterates Buy Rating for Morgan Stanley (MS) (americanbankingnews.com)
- Morgan Stanley Flat After Earnings Beat (briefing.com)
- The Takeaways From Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs Earnings (finance.yahoo.com)
- Edited Transcript of MS earnings conference call or presentation 18-Jan-18 1:30pm GMT (finance.yahoo.com)
Several analysts recently commented on MS shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods raised 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 report on Tuesday, December 12th. Barclays increased their price objective 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. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, January 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Monday, November 20th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co set a $55.00 price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, seventeen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $53.74.
Morgan Stanley (MS) traded up $1.62 on Friday, reaching $57.46. 15,124,007 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 8,100,000. 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 company has a market cap of $103,880.00, a PE ratio of 18.60, a P/E/G ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 1.65. Morgan Stanley has a 1-year low of $40.06 and a 1-year high of $57.50.
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 Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. The business had revenue of $9.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.25 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 16.76% and a return on equity of 10.07%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.81 EPS. research analysts forecast that Morgan Stanley will post 3.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.74%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is currently 32.36%.
In other news, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total value of $189,766.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 40,000 shares of the 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 completion of the transaction, the president now owns 692,037 shares in the company, valued at approximately $35,010,151.83. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 68,850 shares of company stock worth $3,463,367 in the last 90 days. Company 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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