Time to Reconsider Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) After Less Short Sellers?

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Its up 0.16, from 0.94 in 2017Q3. Nomura Asset Management Company Ltd who had been investing in Morgan Stanley for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $94.60B market cap company. 111 funds bought stakes and 255 increased stakes. Alliancebernstein Limited Partnership accumulated 3.44 million shs or 0.13% of the stock. Envestnet Asset Incorporated stated it has 312,633 shs. State Of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D invested in 1.65M shares or 0.33% of the stock. Loring Wolcott & Coolidge Fiduciary Advisors LLP MA lifted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 119.4% during the 4th quarter. Jennison Limited Liability Com owns 3.62 million shs or 0.19% of their USA capital. Excalibur Management owns 5,885 shs. Comerica Bank invested 0.13% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS).

Morgan Stanley reported revenues of $11.1 billion and EPS of $1.45, handily exceeding expectations of $10.363 billion and $1.25 respectively. Eastern National Bank reported 341,346 shs. Alpha Cubed Invs Ltd Liability Co has invested 0.03% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Adirondack Trust Company holds 0.08% or 2,179 shs in its capital. It also reduced Northrop Grumman Corp (NYSE:NOC) stake by 1,187 shares and now owns 29,331 shares.

For the moment, then, Morgan Stanley's M&A bankers seem to be at the front of the pay queue. 62% are bullish. 18 are the (NYSE:MS)'s analyst reports since December 13, 2017 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. On Thursday, January 4 Credit Suisse upgraded Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) to "Buy" rating. RBC Capital Markets has "Buy" rating and $60.0 target. On Wednesday, October 18 Buckingham Research maintained Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) with "Buy" rating. As per Thursday, October 20, the company rating was maintained by Barclays Capital.

In accordance with passivity commitments MUFG made to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 2008, MUFG must maintain its ownership in any class of voting securities of Morgan Stanley to less than 24.9%. On Thursday, December 21 the rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with "Buy".

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That means it is well above the 10 percent minimum investors generally like to see, above the 10 percent to 13 percent target range Gorman set a few months ago, and close to Goldman Sachs, which reported a 15.4 percent return-on-equity in the first quarter. On Friday, January 19 the rating was maintained by Sandler O'Neill with "Hold". Listed here are Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) PTs and latest ratings.

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) traded up 0.39% during midday trading on Monday, reaching $40.85. MS's total short interest was 10.69M shares in April as published by FINRA. MS outperformed the S&P 500 by 16.28%.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial services and products to firms, governments, financial institutions, and individuals in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. The company has a quick ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 0.77 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.75.

Under Gorman, Morgan Stanley has been relying more on businesses that generate steady fees, like wealth management, after its risk-taking almost capsized it during the 2007-2009 financial crisis.

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