Morgan Stanley (MS) Shareholder Focused Investors LLC Cut Position as Market Value Declined

February 24, 2018 - By Marie Mckinney

Investors sentiment increased to 0.94 in 2017 Q3. Its up 0.06, from 0.88 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 59 investors sold MS shares while 292 reduced holdings. 76 funds opened positions while 255 raised stakes. 1.53 billion shares or 1.48% less from 1.55 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Kcm Invest Advisors Lc, California-based fund reported 70,148 shares. Cadinha Lc holds 4,468 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. Virginia Retirement Sys Et Al invested in 168,200 shares. Bluemar Capital Limited Com stated it has 2.57% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). State Board Of Administration Of Florida Retirement System owns 2.03M shares or 0.27% of their US portfolio. Public Employees Retirement Systems Of Ohio has invested 0.24% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Amalgamated State Bank reported 153,110 shares. Cna accumulated 63,023 shares or 0.77% of the stock. Rampart Invest Management holds 0.29% in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) or 17,502 shares. Waddell & Reed Financial accumulated 4.59M shares. First Fincl Corporation In invested in 0.01% or 312 shares. Plante Moran Advsr Limited Liability Co stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS). Supplemental Annuity Collective Of Nj invested in 30,903 shares or 0.65% of the stock. Silvercrest Asset Mgmt Group Inc Ltd Llc stated it has 8,795 shares. Ghp Advisors has 4,211 shares.

Focused Investors Llc decreased its stake in Morgan Stanley (MS) by 2.82% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Focused Investors Llc sold 76,800 shares as the company’s stock declined 9.43% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 2.65 million shares of the investment bankers and brokers and service company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $127.67 million, down from 2.73 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Focused Investors Llc who had been investing in Morgan Stanley for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $100.25 billion market cap company. The stock increased 2.21% or $1.21 during the last trading session, reaching $56.07. About 6.69M shares traded. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has risen 57.08% since February 24, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 40.38% the S&P500.

Focused Investors Llc, which manages about $2.82B and $2.36 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Cbs Corporation (NYSE:CBS) by 488,700 shares to 1.62M shares, valued at $94.24 million in 2017Q3, according to the filing.

Analysts await Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) to report earnings on April, 18. They expect $1.28 earnings per share, up 28.00 % or $0.28 from last year’s $1 per share. MS’s profit will be $2.29 billion for 10.95 P/E if the $1.28 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.84 actual earnings per share reported by Morgan Stanley for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 52.38 % EPS growth.

More notable recent Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) news were published by: Cnbc.com which released: “Market correction was just an ‘appetizer’ for what’s to come later this year …” on February 20, 2018, also Prnewswire.com with their article: “Hannon Armstrong Management to Attend Morgan Stanley Utilities, Clean Tech and …” published on February 23, 2018, Seekingalpha.com published: “Morgan Stanley Takes The Lead” on February 20, 2018. More interesting news about Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) were released by: Globenewswire.com and their article: “T-Mobile US, Inc. to Present at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and …” published on February 23, 2018 as well as Benzinga.com‘s news article titled: “Morgan Stanley: Echo Global Logistics Undeserving Of Elevated Multiple Amid …” with publication date: February 23, 2018.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) Ratings Coverage

Among 29 analysts covering Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), 19 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 10 Hold. Therefore 66% are positive. Morgan Stanley had 97 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods on Tuesday, October 17 with “Hold”. Berenberg initiated it with “Hold” rating and $29 target in Wednesday, July 13 report. The stock of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has “Neutral” rating given on Tuesday, September 15 by Credit Suisse. The firm has “Buy” rating by BMO Capital Markets given on Thursday, January 18. Vining Sparks maintained the shares of MS in report on Friday, April 21 with “Strong-Buy” rating. The company was maintained on Tuesday, January 3 by Barclays Capital. The rating was maintained by Keefe Bruyette & Woods with “Hold” on Thursday, September 28. Barclays Capital maintained Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) rating on Wednesday, October 18. Barclays Capital has “Equal-Weight” rating and $52 target. On Wednesday, March 29 the stock rating was upgraded by Deutsche Bank to “Buy”. BMO Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Wednesday, August 23 report.

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