Morgan Stanley (MS) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Accern Reports

Media coverage about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a news sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.1825491584217 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Morgan Stanley (MS) opened at $55.48 on Friday. Morgan Stanley has a 52 week low of $40.06 and a 52 week high of $58.05. The company has a market cap of $100,300.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.99 and a beta of 1.54. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its quarterly earnings data 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 10.03%. The business had revenue of $9.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.25 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.81 EPS. The business’s revenue was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.51 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 15th. Investors of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, January 30th. This represents a $1.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.80%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is presently 32.36%.

Several analysts have issued reports on the stock. Societe Generale set a $61.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, January 22nd. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Friday, January 19th. Atlantic Securities raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and set a $61.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. UBS Group raised shares of Morgan Stanley to an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Morgan Stanley to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target for the company in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, seventeen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $54.07.

In related news, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total transaction of $1,250,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total transaction of $189,766.50. Following the transaction, the director now owns 14,218 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.35% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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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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