Morgan Stanley outshines Wall Street rival

James Gorman chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley's headcount of advisers was remarkably stable throughout 2017. The company has a current ratio of 0.74, a quick ratio of 0.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.68.

A number of brokerages recently weighed in on MS. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 22.21, and it's gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a "hold" rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th.

Net income reported by Morgan Stanley for the fourth quarter of the year came in at $686 million.

After including adjustments made in connection with the tax reform bill, Morgan Stanley Q4 2017 earnings amounted to 29 cents per share. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, seventeen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. While 20-Day Moving Average VS Current Price shows "Buy" Signal. The company's stock had a trading volume of 11,905,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,497,109. Morgan Stanley has a 12 month low of $40.06 and a 12 month high of $55.98.

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The investment bank's earnings fell 59 percent in the fourth quarter because it had to book $990 million in charges related to the new tax law. The firm reported an adjusted EPS of $0.84, beating Thomson Reuters analysts' estimates of $0.77. Morgan Stanley had a net margin of 16.76% and a return on equity of 10.07%. The loss still came in below Wall Street estimates. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, January 31st will be issued a dividend of $0.25 per share. While the decrease in advisers represents less than half of 1% of the firm's sales force, it was the biggest decrease of the year. Morgan Stanley put the Smith Barney advisers through a hard transition, including a new technology platform, which made for a unique situation in which the firm was asking the advisers to transition their clients to new systems, Mr. Gorman said. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $40.06. There were 67 sold out positions, amounting to 2.82 million shares. Following the completion of the sale, the president now owns 692,037 shares in the company, valued at approximately $35,010,151.83. Shares were $53.00, down $3.99, or 7 percent. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.29, for a total transaction of $189,766.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

The company now has an insider ownership of 0.2 Percent and Institutional ownership of 63.3 Percent.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has the Market Capitalization of 100.1 Billion. If you are viewing this article on another publication, it was illegally stolen and reposted in violation of United States and global copyright and trademark law. Financial Counselors Inc. boosted its holdings in Morgan Stanley by 6.7% in the second quarter.

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