Morgan Stanley posts strong 1Q profit, helped by trading

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The corporate logo of financial firm Morgan Stanley

Median price target value has been calculated at $48. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 182,027 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 8th.

The stock added in the prior trading session by 1.97%, closing at the stock price of $41.49. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 21.80 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company's last quarterly report. Great West Life Assurance Co. Morgan Stanley's results echoed those reported by peers, with the exception of Goldman Sachs. The legal version of this story can be accessed at The stock is trading $44.43 its 50-day moving average by 2.94%. Insiders own 0.35% of the company's stock.

Ahead of the quarter, there were concerns about the extent to which Morgan Stanley's trading capabilities would suffer, as well as weakness in its fixed income, currencies and commodities segment (FICC), which had faced challenges.

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Shares of BlackRock were little changed in premarket trading at $383.90.

Bond prices fell, reversing most of their gains from a day earlier. Without the accounting gain, earnings would have been $1.73 billion and return on equity 10 percent. Morgan Stanley has a 52-week low of $22.68 and a 52-week high of $46.17.

The New York City-based financial services giant reported Q1 earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00, which was $0.10 better than the Wall Street consensus estimate of $0.90. For the full year, analysts are looking for EPS of $3.39 and revenues of $36.71 billion.

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Morgan Stanley hit a key milestone on a profitability metric - return on equity. First-quarter results also compare to the consensus estimates for adjusted EPS of $0.88 on revenue of $9.27 billion. MS as declared a $0.20 quarterly dividend per share, payable on May 15th, 2017 to common shareholders of record on May 1st, 2017. Morgan Stanley's payout ratio is presently 27.40%. (NASDAQ:DISCA) is under coverage by number of analysts. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a "buy" rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Thursday, March 30th. Finally, CLSA reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $54.00 price objective on shares of Morgan Stanley in a report on Friday, January 13th.

"For a company with 55,000 employees, an increase of 296 is not significant", a spokesperson at Morgan Stanley said in response to queries from Fortune. According to, 8 analysts has covered the stock while recommending a "Moderate Buy". AlphaOne also assigned press coverage about the investment management company an impact score of 0 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the immediate future. If you are accessing this piece on another website, it was copied illegally and reposted in violation of USA and global trademark and copyright legislation.

Morgan Stanley is a financial holding company. Its segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management.

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