Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group Inc built an about 23.7% stake in Morgan Stanley (MS)

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is now up 31.5% compared to a 12-month low of $40.06. We have seen the price to move 1.41% higher and get settled at $52.68 on 12/04/2017. At recent session, it appeared stuck in a range of $52.67 to $53.37. This company shares are -0.49% up from its target price of $52.42 and the current market capitalization stands at $94.7B. The recent change has given its price a 6.55% lead over SMA 50 and 0.19% lead over its 52-week high. The stock witnessed 4.48% gains, 17.3% gains and 22.68% gains for the 1-month, 3-month and 6-month period, respectively. To measure price-variation, we found MS’s volatility during a week at 2.4% and during a month it has been found around 1.63%.

Morgan Stanley (MS) Top Holders

Institutional investors currently hold around $81.66 billion or 63.3% in MS stock. Look at its top three institutional owners. Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group Inc owns $22.44 billion in Morgan Stanley, which represents roughly 23.7% of the company’s market cap and approximately 27.48% of the institutional ownership. Similar statistics are true for the second largest owner, State Street Corp, which owns 150,952,239 shares of the stock are valued at $7.84 billion. The third largest holder is Price T Rowe Associates Inc /Md/, which currently holds $6.39 billion worth of this stock and that ownership represents nearly 6.75% of its market capitalization.

Morgan Stanley 13F Filings

At the end of 09/30/2017 reporting period, 406 institutional holders increased their position in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) by some 46,568,294 shares, 419 decreased positions by 56,222,386 and 169 held positions by 1,469,086,694. That puts total institutional holdings at 1,571,877,374 shares, according to SEC filings. The stock grabbed 79 new institutional investments totaling 7,577,685 shares while 67 institutional investors sold out their entire positions totaling 2,783,642 shares.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) Insider Trades

Multiple company employees have indulged in significant insider trading. Morgan Stanley disclosed in a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Chief Risk Officer Hotsuki Keishi has sold 25,000 shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) in trading session dated Nov. 28, 2017. These shares are worth $1,250,000 and were traded at $50 each. The SEC filing shows that Darling Alistair performed a sale of 3,850 shares. The Director disposed these shares by way of transaction on Nov. 24, 2017. The company’s shares were given away at $49.29 per share worth to an income of some $189,767 on account of Darling Alistair.

President, Kelleher Thomas Colm, sold 40,000 common shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) in the open market. In a transaction dated Oct. 23, 2017, the shares were put up for sale at an average price of $50.59, raking in a sum of $2,023,600. After this sale, 692,037 common shares of MS are directly owned by the insider, with total stake valued at $36,456,509.

In the transaction dated Oct. 18, 2017, the great number of shares disposed came courtesy the Chief Human Resources Officer; Brodsky Jeffrey S disposed a total of 16,397 shares at an average price of $50.07, amounting to approximately $820,998. The insider now directly owns 115,530 shares worth $6,086,120.

Morgan Stanley (MS) Analyst Guide

Several analysts have released their opinion on Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), with 6 analysts believing it is a strong buy. Whereas 6 of them predict the stock is a hold. Also, there are 0 buy, 0 sell and 1 strong sell ratings, collectively assigning a 2.23 average brokerage recommendation.

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