Morgan Stanley posts 1Q profit

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This represents an increase of 305% compared to the typical volume of 2,405 put options. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, President Thomas Colm Kelleher sold 182,027 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $42.14, for a total value of $740,062.68. Institutional investors own 85.87% of the company's stock. Great West Life Assurance Co. Oil prices had been weaker but recovered after OPEC's secretary general said the organisation was committed to restoring market stability by bringing inventories down to the industry's five-year average.

Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Thursday after crude oil prices rebounded from an overnight sell-off and Japan reported stronger-than-expected exports in March.

The wealth-management business posted a 24% profit margin, the highest since Morgan Stanley bought Smith Barney after the financial crisis. Abbrea Capital LLC bought a new stake in shares of Morgan Stanley during the fourth quarter worth $350,000. Finally, ValueAct Holdings L.P. boosted its position in Morgan Stanley by 10.3% in the third quarter. Investors measure stock performance on the basis of a company's earnings power.

Shares of Morgan Stanley rose 2.4 percent in pre-market trading. By reviewing stock prices from the stock market history of the company and examining its analysts ratings can give an investment picture with updated information of stock which helps investors to make investing decision.

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Morgan Stanley almost doubled its bond-trading revenue to $1.7 billion.

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The bank was the last of Wall Street's big names to report first-quarter earnings today, with the group topline rising from $7.8 billion a year ago to $9.7 billion.

Net revenue jumped 25 percent to $9.75 billion, beating the average estimate $9.27 billion.

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Morgan Stanley's vastly improved results meant the firm managed to generate an annualized return on equity of 10 percent, after stripping out a $112 million tax benefit from settling employees' share-based pay.

Trading volume activity was cited as a positive for Morgan Stanley in the quarter, which is something analysts found lacking in Goldman Sachs' GS disappointing Q1 report yesterday. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.43 earnings per share.

Heading into the earnings release, covering analysts have a consensus target price of $47.24 on Morgan Stanley shares. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index fell 0.4 percent to 23,825.88 while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.8 percent to 3,170.69.

MS has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Morgan Stanley now has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $39.79. The count of Hold ratings in that period was 0. Instinet reissued a "buy" rating and issued a $49.00 target price on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Monday, January 30th.

Each of the 13 covering analysts have also provided a Buy, Sell or Hold recommendation on the stock. The stock has climbed 60 percent in the last 12 months.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) opened at 40.69 on Friday. 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.

In a head-to-head between the investment giants, Morgan Stanley clearly gets the nod this quarter. Its segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management.

The group saw first quarter profits jump 74% to 1.93 billion United States dollars (£1.5 billion) after bond sales and trading revenues in its fixed income division nearly doubled to 1.7 billion U.S. dollars (£1.3 billion) from 873 million USA dollars (£680 million) a year earlier.

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