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

Morgan Stanley ( MS) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley fell 60 cents (-4%) to $14.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 21.8 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.50-$15.08 after having opened the day at $14.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.11. Other company's within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), down 12%, PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), down 5.9%, Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 5.5%, and Artio Global Investors ( ART), down 4.2%.

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 $29.88 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.6, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 30.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its generally strong cash flow from operations. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally poor debt management and disappointing return on equity.

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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