Morgan Stanley (MS): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Morgan Stanley ( MS) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley fell $0.60 (-2.0%) to $28.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 16,738,521 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,383,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.89-$29.65 after having opened the day at $29.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.56. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Direxion Daily Russia Bull 3X Shares ( RUSL), down 8.8%, PowerShares DB Agriculture Long ETN ( AGF), down 8.6%, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), down 8.6% and ProShares UltraShort Russell MidCap Value ( SJL), down 7.7%.

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 $57.9 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 5.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the positive front, Equus Total Return ( EQS), up 12.1%, RBS Oil Trendpilot Exchange Traded Notes ( TWTI), up 11.9%, Credit Suisse ( TVIX), up 11.9% and iPath Dow Jones-UBS Coffee Total Return Sub ( JO), up 10.1% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with NASDAQ OMX Group ( NDAQ) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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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