Bremer Trust National Association Grows Holdings in Morgan Stanley (MS)

Bremer Trust National Association grew its position in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by 31.0% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 20,245 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,795 shares during the quarter. Bremer Trust National Association’s holdings in Morgan Stanley were worth $1,062,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in MS. Invictus RG increased its stake in Morgan Stanley by 307.5% in the 3rd quarter. Invictus RG now owns 2,335 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $112,000 after acquiring an additional 1,762 shares during the last quarter. Rational Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Morgan Stanley during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $116,000. Zions Bancorporation increased its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 176.1% during the 3rd quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 2,463 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $119,000 after purchasing an additional 1,571 shares during the last quarter. WFG Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 45.4% during the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 2,690 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $120,000 after purchasing an additional 840 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BB&T Investment Services Inc. increased its position in shares of Morgan Stanley by 163.1% during the 3rd quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. now owns 2,655 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $127,000 after purchasing an additional 1,646 shares during the last quarter. 85.49% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Morgan Stanley news, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total value of $189,766.50. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 14,218 shares in the company, valued at approximately $700,805.22. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, insider Keishi Hotsuki sold 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $1,250,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 85,247 shares of company stock worth $4,284,364 in the last ninety days. 0.35% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

MS has been the topic of several analyst reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $53.00 target price on Morgan Stanley and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 15th. raised Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $53.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, September 15th. Buckingham Research boosted their target price on Morgan Stanley from $54.00 to $57.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Zacks Investment Research raised Morgan Stanley from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating, eighteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $53.11.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE MS) opened at $55.12 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $97,988.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 1.65. 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 $55.14.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 17th. The financial services provider reported $0.93 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.12. The company had revenue of $9.20 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.05 billion. Morgan Stanley had a return on equity of 10.07% and a net margin of 16.76%. Morgan Stanley’s quarterly revenue was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.80 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will post 3.58 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Morgan Stanley Company 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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