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 0.8%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley rose $0.60 (2.1%) to $28.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 19,752,931 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 14,299,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.32-$29.07 after having opened the day at $28.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.13. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 47.4%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 9.8%, Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 6.2% and Tiptree Financial ( TIPT), up 5.3%.

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 $54.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 47.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Regional Management ( RM), down 6.8%, Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), down 5.0%, Nuveen Real Asset Income and Growth Fund ( JRI), down 3.9% and Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL), down 3.3%.

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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