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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 0.6%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley fell 36 cents (-2.4%) to $14.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 17.9 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 26.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.45-$14.89 after having opened the day at $14.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.86. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were:

Credit Suisse

(

DSLV

), down 7.2%,

WisdomTree Global Real Return Fund

(

RRF

), down 7.1%,

DFC Global

(

DLLR

), down 7%, and

Value Line

(

VALU

), down 4.9%.

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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 $28.78 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 12.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and eight 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 attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

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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