Morgan Stanley hikes pay after profits jump on bond market boost

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The company, based in NY, said it had earnings of $1 per share. State Street Corp increased its position in Morgan Stanley by 4.2% in the fourth quarter. Looking back over the last month, shares have performed -10.45%.

U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley is the latest Wall Street giant to report an impressive leap in quarterly profits thanks to interest rate hikes by the Federal Reserve.

Currently, the market capitalization of Morgan Stanley (MS) is 76.9 Billion. The unit's pretax profit margin, a key performance metric, rose 3 percentage points from past year, to 24%. The current share price indicates that stock is -12.93% away from its one year high and is moving 81.45% ahead of its 52-week low. The firm shows a 20-Day Simple Moving Average of -2.25% with a 200-Day Simple Moving Average of 11.71%. Morgan Stanley posted earnings of $1 per share on $9.7 billion in revenue, compared to the consensus estimates of 89 cents per share and $9.3 billion.

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Net revenue jumped 25 per cent to US$9.75 billion, beating the average estimate US$9.27 billion. Elections in Europe and Britain's progress in leaving the European Union also spurred trading.Morgan Stanley hit a key milestone on a profitability metric - return on equity.

Analysts described the first quarter as a sign that Morgan Stanley's fortunes are changing, and Gorman barely hid his delight as they complimented the bank's performance. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.55 EPS. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.90%. 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. Morgan Stanley's payout ratio is presently 27.40%.

A number of equities research analysts have commented on MS shares. Pruzan reiterated that Morgan Stanley will continue to offer commissions as a payment option to retirement savers. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Morgan Stanley from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Friday, February 10th. Stock has got OUTPERFORM rating from 11 analysts of Thomson Reuters, 11 analysts given HOLD rating to the stock and 0 given UNDERPERFORM rating. Median price target value has been calculated at $48.

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In its place, Morgan Stanley built out its wealth management division, which Gorman favored for its reliable income stream.

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