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

The financial services industry closed the day up 0.7%. SGOCO Group ( SGOC), Essex Rental ( ESSX), Diamond Hill Investment Group Inc ( DHIL), and ProShares Ultra KBW Regional Banking ( KRU) were all winners today within the financial services industry with Morgan Stanley ( MS) being today's featured financial services winner. Morgan Stanley rose 47 cents (3.4%) to $14.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 65.3 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29 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 $24 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 23.5 and below 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 Tuesday.

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 negative front, Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS), FBR ( FBCM), FBR ( FBRC), and Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH) were all losers within the financial services industry with Nomura Holdings Inc ( NMR) being today's financial services industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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