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Morgan Stanley (MS): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Morgan Stanley ( MS) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.1%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley fell $0.93 (-3.5%) to $25.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13,002,271 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,792,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.43-$26.05 after having opened the day at $25.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.38. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), down 9.9%, Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), down 8.7%, RBS Oil Trendpilot Exchange Traded Notes ( TWTI), down 8.3% and Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 8.2%.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $51.5 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 38.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 6.2%, Tiptree Financial ( CVTR), up 3.1%, Union Street Acquisition Corporation ( USQ), up 2.6% and QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), up 2.6%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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