Today Morgan Stanley Had High Bearish Options Activity

 Today Morgan Stanley Had High Bearish Options Activity

In today’s session Morgan Stanley (MS) recorded an unusually high (472) contracts volume of put trades. Someone, most probably a professional was a very active buyer of the January, 2017 put, expecting serious MS decrease. With 472 contracts traded and 147864 open interest for the Jan, 17 contract, it seems this is a quite bearish bet. The option with symbol: MS170120P00027000 closed last at: $0.37 or 15.6% up. About 3.50M shares traded hands. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has risen 34.45% since April 5, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 32.50% the S&P500.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) Ratings Coverage

Out of 20 analysts covering Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), 11 rate it a “Buy”, 2 “Sell”, while 7 “Hold”. This means 55% are positive. $82 is the highest target while $1 is the lowest. The $31.33 average target is -7.44% below today’s ($33.85) stock price. Morgan Stanley has been the topic of 47 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to StockzIntelligence Inc. On Thursday, October 20 the stock rating was maintained by Barclays Capital with “Equal Weight”. Guggenheim downgraded Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) on Thursday, July 30 to “Neutral” rating. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Wednesday, March 30 by Credit Suisse. The rating was upgraded by Guggenheim on Thursday, October 20 to “Buy”. The stock of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) earned “Buy” rating by Buckingham Research on Tuesday, August 25. The firm has “Neutral” rating by given on Monday, October 10. As per Tuesday, January 19, the company rating was maintained by Argus Research. The rating was initiated by Berenberg with “Hold” on Wednesday, July 13. As per Wednesday, February 3, the company rating was downgraded by Atlantic Securities. As per Monday, August 31, the company rating was upgraded by Evercore.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “MORGAN STANLEY is a preeminent global financial services firm that maintains leading market positions in each of its three primary businesses: securities; asset management; and credit services. The company combines global strength in investment banking and institutional sales and trading with strength in providing full-service and on-line brokerage services, investment and global asset management services and, primarily through its Discover Card brand, quality consumer credit products.”

Insitutional Activity: The institutional sentiment decreased to 0.85 in Q2 2016. Its down 0.25, from 1.1 in 2016Q1. The ratio turned negative, as 82 funds sold all Morgan Stanley shares owned while 263 reduced positions. 56 funds bought stakes while 236 increased positions. They now own 1.59 billion shares or 3.33% more from 1.54 billion shares in 2016Q1.
Teachers Advisors, a New York-based fund reported 3.94M shares. Aviva Pcl last reported 1.01 million shares in the company. Goodwin Daniel L holds 22,000 shares or 0.19% of its portfolio. Ameritas Invest Prns Incorporated holds 29,869 shares or 0.05% of its portfolio. First Quadrant Ltd Partnership Ca holds 0% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 1,900 shares. Valueact Ltd Partnership accumulated 38.00 million shares or 8.96% of the stock. Principal Fincl Gru has 0.08% invested in the company for 2.07M shares. Element Ltd Liability Company has 73,605 shares for 0.29% of their US portfolio. Markston Intll Ltd holds 173,213 shares or 0.42% of its portfolio. Sadoff Inv Management accumulated 712,465 shares or 2.21% of the stock. Moreover, Lazard Asset Management Ltd Com has 0.01% invested in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 231,512 shares. Pictet Asset Management accumulated 770,734 shares or 0.08% of the stock. State Street Corporation has invested 0.44% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Peak6 Invs Limited Partnership holds 325,381 shares or 0.07% of its portfolio. Cornerstone Holding Ltd Liability Corporation holds 0.08% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for 380,458 shares.

Insider Transactions: Since June 29, 2016, the stock had 2 insider buys, and 0 sales for $4.00 million net activity. $2.00M worth of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) was bought by BP4 S.r.l.. 1.00 million shares were bought by Trombetta Giandomenico, worth $2.00 million on Wednesday, June 29.

Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. The company has a market cap of $63.87 billion. The Firm is a global financial services firm that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for, governments, institutions and individuals. It has a 13.53 P/E ratio. The Company’s divisions include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management.

MS Company Profile

Morgan Stanley, incorporated on October 1, 1981, is a financial holding company. The Firm is a global financial services firm that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, advises, and originates, trades, manages and distributes capital for governments, institutions and individuals. The Company’s divisions include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, the Company provides a range of services and products to a group of clients and customers, including firms, governments, financial institutions and individuals.

More notable recent Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) news were published by: Fortune.com which released: “Here’s Why Morgan Stanley Earnings Soared in the Third Quarter” on October 19, 2016, also Wsj.com with their article: “Morgan Stanley Sets Off a Fight Over the Cost of Your Retirement Account” published on October 26, 2016, Reuters.com published: “Goldman, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley defeat appeal over Facebook IPO” on November 03, 2016. More interesting news about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) were released by: Wsj.com and their article: “Morgan Stanley Chief Operating Officer James Rosenthal to Retire” published on October 28, 2016 as well as Cnbc.com‘s news article titled: “Morgan Stanley gets boost from AT&T-Time Warner deal” with publication date: October 24, 2016.

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