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 0.4%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley rose $0.40 (1.3%) to $30.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,329,315 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,867,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.67-$30.48 after having opened the day at $29.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.94. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 21.4%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 16.2%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 12.1% and Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), up 11.0%.

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 $58.0 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 4.5% 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance 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 negative front, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 11.0%, North European Oil Royalty ( NRT), down 10.0%, Direxion Daily China Bear 3X Shares ( YANG), down 8.1% and PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN ( DPU), down 7.2%.

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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