Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) Position Lifted by Capital Growth Management LP

Joann Johnston
December 7, 2017

City Of London Investment Management Co Ltd holds 10.64% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley India Investment Fund, Inc. for 4.34 million shares. (NYSE:CAF). Commonwealth Equity Service owns 10,339 shares or 0% of their U.S. portfolio. The performance this quarter is at 12.47% while the weekly performance is at 5.89%. It turned negative, as 71 investors sold MS shares while 297 reduced holdings. BMO Capital Markets maintained Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on Friday, October 6 with "Buy" rating. Rothschild Asset Management Inc. now owns 637,422 shares of the financial services provider's stock valued at $28,403,000 after acquiring an additional 9,037 shares in the last quarter.

In recent action, Morgan Stanley (MS) has made a move of +3.73% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. The funds in our partner's database now own: 6.18 million shares, up from 6.12 million shares in 2017Q1. Institutional ownership in the company is 63.30% while the short ratio is 1.58. Morgan Stanley makes up approximately 5.7% of Capital Growth Management LP's holdings, making the stock its 4th largest position. It also increased its holding in Hollysys Automation Technolo (NASDAQ:HOLI) by 205,110 shares in the quarter, for a total of 1.44 million shares, and has risen its stake in Block H & R Inc (NYSE:HRB). The Capital International Inc holds 13,100 shares with $397,000 value, up from 900 last quarter.

Shares of Morgan Stanley Emerging Markets Fund Inc (NYSE MSF) remained flat at $$17.31 during midday trading on Wednesday. Wells Fargo & Company assumed coverage on Morgan Stanley in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Barclays Plc stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley China A Share Fund, Inc. Equities analysts anticipate that Morgan Stanley will post $3.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Jefferies maintained it with "Buy" rating and $34 target in Monday, April 3 report. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a "buy" rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Tuesday, March 14th. (NYSE:CAF) or 1.21 million shares. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 111,776 shares in the company, valued at $5,596,624.32. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. About 1.08M shares traded. About 10.64M shares traded or 37.54% up from the average. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The stock is trading $49.62 its 50-day moving average by -2.39%. That gives us a street projected return of -0.49%. The stock decreased 0.58% or $0.18 during the last trading session, reaching $30.7. The total amount of shares outstanding is 1.80 billion, giving the company a market capitalization of about 94.70 billion. Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc who had been investing in Morgan Stanley Com New for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $93.92B market cap company. The stock has a market cap of $95,240.13, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.59, a P/E/G ratio of 1.21 and a beta of 1.64. (NYSE:IIF) has risen 34.34% since December 6, 2016 and is uptrending. The financial services provider reported $0.93 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.12.

A number of analysts offered their Estimated Earnings analysis for Morgan Stanley (MS) for the current quarter. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.55 EPS.

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Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 116,205 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,770,516.40. The software giant reported $0.84 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.12.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, November 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 31st were given a dividend of $0.25 per share. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.92%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, October 30th. Morgan Stanley's dividend payout ratio is now 27.70%.

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