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 $0.51 (1.8%) to $29.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,688,434 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,199,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.14-$29.88 after having opened the day at $29.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.18. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: iPath Global Carbon ETN ( GRN), up 17.8%, Credit Suisse ( XIV), up 9.7%, ZipRealty ( ZIPR), up 9.5% and Direxion Daily Latin America Bull 3X Shares ( LBJ), up 8.9%.

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 $56.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Morgan Stanley a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the negative front, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), down 21.2%, Credit Suisse ( TVIX), down 19.1%, C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), down 15.1% and Paulson Capital ( PLCC), down 15.0% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Cincinnati Financial Corporation ( CINF) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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