Morgan Stanley (MS): Today's Featured Financial Loser

The financial sector closed the day up 2.4%. Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), Vestin Realty Mortgage I Inc ( VRTA), First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp ( FFNM), and Summit Financial Group Inc ( SMMF) were all decliners today within the financial sector with Morgan Stanley ( MS) being today's featured financial loser. Morgan Stanley fell $1.18 (-9.5%) to $13.65 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 68.7 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27.7 million shares.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. It operates in three segments: Institutional Securities, Global Wealth Management Group, and Asset Management. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $26 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 25.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 54.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS), Epoch Holding Corporation ( EPHC), Phoenix Companies Inc ( PNX), and AmeriServ Financial Inc ( ASRV) were all gainers within the financial sector with Citigroup Inc ( C) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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

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