Somewhat Favorable News Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Morgan Stanley (MS) Stock Price

Headlines about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have been trending somewhat positive this week, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Morgan Stanley earned a coverage optimism score of 1.48 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an news buzz score of 9 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have effected Morgan Stanley’s ranking:

Shares of NYSE MS opened at $45.95 on Monday. The stock has a market cap of $80.17 billion, a PE ratio of 12.76, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.79 and a beta of 1.28. Morgan Stanley has a 1 year low of $42.88 and a 1 year high of $59.38. The company has a quick ratio of 0.83, a current ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.67.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 16th. The financial services provider reported $1.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.01 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $9.87 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.55 billion. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 15.93% and a return on equity of 12.53%. The business’s revenue was up 7.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.93 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post 4.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, October 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, October 30th. Morgan Stanley’s dividend payout ratio is currently 33.33%.

Morgan Stanley declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a share repurchase plan on Wednesday, July 18th that allows the company to buyback $4.70 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the financial services provider to repurchase up to 5.3% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback plans are usually a sign that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

Several research firms have weighed in on MS. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $62.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Monday, September 10th. Sandler O’Neill reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Friday, July 13th. ValuEngine raised shares of Morgan Stanley from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 19th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 14th. Finally, Societe Generale reaffirmed a “$49.85” rating and issued a $56.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Thursday, July 19th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $58.82.

In related news, major shareholder Stanley Morgan sold 327 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated 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 can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.19% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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