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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Morgan Stanley rose $0.37 (1.2%) to $32.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,357,415 shares of Morgan Stanley exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,021,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.07-$32.71 after having opened the day at $32.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.84. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: UBS E-TRACS Fisher-Gartman Risk Off ETN ( OFF), up 10.5%, Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), up 9.6%, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bear 3X Shares ( DUST), up 6.4% and Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), up 5.4%.

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 $63.2 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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, Viewtran Group ( VIEW), down 8.9%, QIWI PLC ADR ( QIWI), down 7.3%, Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares ( NUGT), down 6.8% and LiqTech International ( LIQT), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with IntercontinentalExchange Group ( ICE) 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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