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Buy Recommendation Reiterated For Morgan Stanley

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 34.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company.
  • Compared to where it was trading one year ago, MS is up 90.09% to its most recent closing price of 30.89. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of a bull or bear market could certainly alter the outcome, our view is that this stock's positive fundamentals give it good potential for further appreciation.
  • The net income increased by 188.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1,023.00 million to $906.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$1,582.00 million or 122.90% when compared to the same quarter last year.

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 $59.1 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 61.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full Morgan Stanley Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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