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The number of shares now owned by investors are 1.81 bln. Cornerstone Advisors Inc controls 80,234 shares worth $1,399,000. As of quarter end Cornerstone Advisors Inc had bought a total of 51,587 shares growing its holdings by 534.1%. Its investment stood at $4,495,000 an increase of 6.1% according to the filing. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 93,483,287 shares of the financial services provider's stock worth $4,165,615,000 after acquiring an additional 1,256,318 shares in the last quarter. Advisory Ltd Liability Company invested in 24,260 shares or 0.07% of the stock.

Wells Fargo & Company/mn sold 3,725 shares during the last quarter decreasing its exposure to Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Fund Inc by 1.4%. The count of Hold ratings in that period was 2.

In recent action, Morgan Stanley (MS) has made a move of -0.63% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. The company has a quick ratio of 0.74, a current ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68. This indicator compares the closing price of a stock in relation to the highs and lows over a certain time period. Morgan Stanley has had 3 insider trades in the last 3 months, including 0 open market buys and 3 sells.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is standing on a contradictory position.

For the current quarter, 21 analysts are projecting a mean EPS of $0.81/share. The Q1 2018 consensus earnings estimates for the company have stabilized at US$1.09 per share. Short interest decreased from 16,439 to 10,687 over that timeframe. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter previous year. To make a proper assessment, investors seek a sound estimate of this year's and next year's earnings per share (EPS), as well as a strong sense of how much the company will earn even farther down the road.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 31st will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, October 30th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.06%. Morgan Stanley's payout ratio is 27.62%.

Several analysts have recently commented on MS shares.

The average Wall Street analyst rating for Morgan Stanley is Strong Buy, according to the average of 14 analyst scores. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a "neutral" rating and set a $49.00 price objective (up from $47.00) on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Saturday, July 22nd. The company now has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus target price of $50.39. HSBC Holdings plc set a $54.00 price target on shares of Morgan Stanley and gave the stock a "hold" rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. "Ultimately, through all this investigation into the company's performance the analyst decides if their stock is a "buy", sell" or hold". If the $19.02 price target is reached, the company will be worth $22.17 million more.

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In related news, insider Jeffrey S. Brodsky sold 16,397 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.07, for a total value of $820,997.79. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 111,776 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,596,624.32. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

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