Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect Morgan Stanley (MS) Stock Price

Media stories about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. 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 news sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.0899418850631 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) traded down $0.19 on Thursday, hitting $54.86. The stock had a trading volume of 3,238,776 shares, compared to its average volume of 9,947,347. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $40.06 and a 52 week high of $58.05. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a current ratio of 0.74 and a quick ratio of 0.74. The stock has a market cap of $100,250.00, a P/E ratio of 17.75, a PEG ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 1.54.

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

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.82%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, January 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.36%.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on MS. Societe Generale set a $61.00 price target on Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Royal Bank of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Atlantic Securities upgraded Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $61.00 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. UBS Group upgraded Morgan Stanley to an “overweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded Morgan Stanley to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Morgan Stanley presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $54.07.

In related news, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $1,250,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the firm’s 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 completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at $700,805.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.35% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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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