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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) COO James A. Rosenthal sold 33,500 shares of Morgan Stanley stock on the open market in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.18, for a total transaction of $1,011,030.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 169,484 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,115,027. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link.

MS has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at TheStreet reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Tuesday, February 4th. Finally, analysts at FBR Capital Markets raised their price target on shares of Morgan Stanley from $35.00 to $38.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 21st. They now have an “outperform” rating on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fifteen have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $31.63.

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) traded down 0.83% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $29.91. The stock had a trading volume of 15,740,701 shares. Morgan Stanley has a one year low of $20.16 and a one year high of $33.52. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $30.82 and its 200-day moving average is $29.08. The company has a market cap of $58.171 billion and a P/E ratio of 21.42.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 17th. The company reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.47 by $0.27. The company had revenue of $7.80 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $8.04 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.45 earnings per share. Morgan Stanley’s revenue was up 12.4% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Morgan Stanley will post $2.50 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Friday, February 14th. Investors of record on Friday, January 31st will be given a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.66%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, January 29th.

Morgan Stanley is a global financial services company that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides its products and services to a range of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions and individuals.

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