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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley rose $0.81 (3.8%) to $22.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 18,786,597 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,051,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.53-$22.21 after having opened the day at $21.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.40. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), up 12.9%, Security National Financial Corporation ( SNFCA), up 11.6%, Resource America Inc. CL A ( REXI), up 5.5% and Palmetto ( PLMT), up 5.4%.
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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 $42.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 6.5%, Intervest Bancshares Corporation ( IBCA), down 3.3%, Oaktree Capital Group ( OAK), down 1.9% and Carlyle Group ( CG), down 1.8%.

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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