Timber Hill LLC Raises Holdings in Morgan Stanley (MS)

Timber Hill LLC grew its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 501.1% during the fourth quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 107,936 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 89,980 shares during the quarter. Timber Hill LLC’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $5,663,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. FDx Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 5.1% in the 4th quarter. FDx Advisors Inc. now owns 64,753 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,398,000 after acquiring an additional 3,130 shares during the period. ARP Americas LP acquired a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley in the 4th quarter worth about $567,000. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board increased its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 57.5% in the 4th quarter. Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board now owns 1,295,900 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $67,996,000 after acquiring an additional 473,242 shares during the period. American International Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Morgan Stanley by 6.1% in the 4th quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 447,514 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $23,481,000 after acquiring an additional 25,878 shares during the period. Finally, Centaurus Financial Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley in the 4th quarter worth about $765,000. 86.32% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

In other news, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated 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 transaction, the director now owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total transaction of $1,250,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 268,104 shares of company stock valued at $14,524,785. Insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) opened at $55.36 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $99,690.00, a PE ratio of 17.76, a P/E/G ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.54. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68, a current ratio of 0.74 and a quick ratio of 0.74. Morgan Stanley has a 12-month low of $40.06 and a 12-month high of $58.05.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 14.10% and a return on equity of 10.03%. The company had revenue of $9.50 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.25 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.81 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter 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 fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st were given a dividend of $0.25 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, January 30th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.81%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 32.36%.

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

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Morgan Stanley 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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