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

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Morgan Stanley ( MS) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley rose 61 cents (3.1%) to $20.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 31.8 million shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 19 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.58-$20.25 after having opened the day at $19.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.58. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Artio Global Investors ( ART), up 8.8%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 8.3%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), up 7.9%, and WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), up 7.5%.
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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 $38.74 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income 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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