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

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Morgan Stanley ( MS) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley rose $0.62 (2.0%) to $30.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,364,510 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,302,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $30.43-$31.03 after having opened the day at $30.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.27. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), up 9.9%, Universal Insurance Holdings ( UVE), up 9.2%, National Security Group ( NSEC), up 9.0% and Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bull 3X ( GASL), up 8.2%.

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 $59.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 58.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Morgan Stanley as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), down 16.7%, C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), down 8.4%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 8.0% and Direxion Daily Natural Gas Related Bear 3X ( GASX), down 7.9%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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