Morgan Stanley Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (MS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+. 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 also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 1123.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$94.00 million to $962.00 million.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 1080.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 81.53% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $4,600.00 million or 38.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 38.09%, MORGAN STANLEY is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -120.45%.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, MORGAN STANLEY underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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 $49.4 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 45.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 31.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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