Media headlines about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have trended somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real-time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a news sentiment score of 1.13 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the financial services provider an news buzz score of 2 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is very unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Morgan Stanley’s score:
A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on MS shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $50.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, November 20th. Vining Sparks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Tuesday, October 16th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Monday, September 10th. HSBC cut shares of Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $54.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, October 2nd. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and raised their price target for the company from $56.00 to $60.00 in a research report on Wednesday, October 24th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $58.53.
Shares of NYSE MS opened at $42.61 on Friday. Morgan Stanley has a fifty-two week low of $40.98 and a fifty-two week high of $59.38. The stock has a market capitalization of $74.17 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.84, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.74 and a beta of 1.25. The company has a current ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 0.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67.
Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 16th. The financial services provider reported $1.17 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.01 by $0.16. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 15.93% and a return on equity of 12.51%. The business had revenue of $9.87 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.55 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.93 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.3% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will post 4.94 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, October 31st were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, October 30th. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.82%. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is currently 33.33%.
In other Morgan Stanley news, major shareholder Stanley Morgan sold 327 shares of Morgan Stanley stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $23,000.00, for a total transaction of $7,521,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 0.19% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
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Morgan Stanley Company 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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