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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley rose $0.48 (1.6%) to $31.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 7,671,031 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,832,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.13-$31.70 after having opened the day at $31.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.03. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 13.8%, ELEMENTS Linked to SPECTRUM Large Cap U.S ( EEH), up 12.8%, iPath Long Extended S&P 500 TR Index ETN ( SFLA), up 8.0% and Barclays Short B Leveraged Inverse S&P 500 ( BXDB), up 7.5%.

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 $61.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 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 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, PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN ( DPU), down 10.7%, Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 6.4%, iPath Dow Jones-UBS Tin Total Return Sub-In ( JJT), down 6.2% and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Energy Capped ( EMEY), down 5.4% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with Janus Capital Group ( JNS) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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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