Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)- EPS Estimates Lure Passive Investments: BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT)

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) [Trend Analysis] attempts to attain leading position in street, Shares price changes as it -0.70% to close at $42.71 with the total traded volume of 19.04 Million shares.

Morgan Stanley (MS) released that a regular dividend on the outstanding shares of each of the preferred stock issues.  The dividends for the Preferred Stock Series A, C, E, F, G, H, I and J are payable on January 17, 2017 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 30, 2016. Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services.

Lets us look over what analysts have to say about performance of the MS. Starting with EPS for the final quarter of this year. EPS is usually the indicator of profitability for the company. According to WSJ analysis, the Q4 2016 current estimates trends were for $0.63 as compared to the next year Q1 current trend of $0.86. While on annual basis the current EPS estimates trend for FY 2017 came in for $3.18 as compared to three months ago $3.06.

The stock prices target chart showed high target of 54.00 kept by analysts at WSJ while the average price target was for 41.75 as compared to current price of 42.71. Somehow, the stock managed to gain BUY ratings by 13 analysts in current tenure, 13 recommend as HOLD, 1 stands at Underweight and 1 gave it as a SELL security for current period. Overall, the consensus ratings were for Overweight by the pool of analysts.

The firm has institutional ownership of 62.20%, while insider ownership included 0.20%. Its price to sales ratio ended at 2.22. MS attains analyst recommendation of 2.40 with week performance of -1.31%.

BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) [Trend Analysis] plunged reacts as active mover, shares a loss -0.79% to traded at $46.59 and the percentage gap between open changing to regular change was 0.49%. Finally to see some strong financial remarks by WSJ over BBT performance. Out of the pool of analysts 10 gave their BUY ratings on the stock in previous month as 9 analysts having BUY in current month. The stock 3 analysts gave SELL rank. Majority ranked Hold from the pool of analysts.

The next year first quarter EPS estimates trend for current period shows $0.73 while one month ago this estimate trend was for $0.73. EPS indicator shows the robustness of the stock and its analysis opens up the clear picture of company’s profitability. On annual basis of EPS, FY 2017 Estimate Trends at current were for $3.07 and for the one month was for $3.04 as compared to three months ago was for $3.07. Whereas, BBT received highest price target of 52.00 and low target of 37.00. The stock price target chart showed average price target of 44.10 as compared to current price of 46.59.

The firm past twelve months price to sales ratio was 5.44 and price to cash ratio remained 12.62. As far as the returns are concern, the return on equity was recorded as 8.40% and return on investment was 9.00% while its return on asset stayed at 1.00%. The firm has total debt to equity ratio measured as 0.84.


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