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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt No Debt
MS's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
99% of the 388 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 8.69 vs. MS: No Debt )
MS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt

Interest Coverage 1.74
MS's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 344 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 14.11 vs. MS: 1.74 )
MS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 1.74
Current: 1.74

0.06
1.74
WACC vs ROIC
9.93%
5.10%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 18.74
MS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
70% of the 442 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 19.89 vs. MS: 18.74 )
MS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.99   Max: 35.01
Current: 18.74

1.99
35.01
Net-margin (%) 18.10
MS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 442 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 15.99 vs. MS: 18.10 )
MS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 25.04
Current: 18.1

0.26
25.04
ROE (%) 10.87
MS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 443 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 8.17 vs. MS: 10.87 )
MS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 30.07
Current: 10.87

0.11
30.07
ROA (%) 0.90
MS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
60% of the 444 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. MS: 0.90 )
MS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 2.36
Current: 0.9

0.01
2.36
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 130.98
MS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 438 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 132.00 vs. MS: 130.98 )
MS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 0.88   Max: 212.29
Current: 130.98

0.88
212.29
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -3.30
MS's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 350 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.30 vs. MS: -3.30 )
MS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -11.7   Max: 22.2
Current: -3.3

-11.7
22.2
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -10.20
MS's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 284 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.40 vs. MS: -10.20 )
MS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -41.8   Max: 43.2
Current: -10.2

-41.8
43.2
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 32.90
MS's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 306 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. MS: 32.90 )
MS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -28.4   Max: 43.1
Current: 32.9

-28.4
43.1
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Equity & Asset
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q1 2014

MS Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Louis Moore Bacon 800,000 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 15,755 sh (New)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 319,435 sh (+2547.62%)
Steven Cohen 334,489 sh (+133.73%)
Caxton Associates 7,123,180 sh (+64.52%)
Ken Fisher 9,495 sh (+22.93%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,763,500 sh (+20.48%)
John Rogers 158,680 sh (+3.12%)
Caxton Associates 2,200,000 sh (unchged)
John Keeley 74,500 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments 6,204,438 sh (-0.17%)
Richard Pzena 12,280,237 sh (-1.63%)
Diamond Hill Capital 7,707,516 sh (-2.34%)
Jim Chanos 441,620 sh (-4.02%)
Mario Gabelli 1,546,990 sh (-9.09%)
Jeremy Grantham 698,945 sh (-32.1%)
Ken Heebner 3,320,000 sh (-74.66%)
Arnold Schneider 31,154 sh (-82.77%)
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Q2 2014

MS Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Joel Greenblatt 9,827 sh (New)
Ken Heebner 6,580,000 sh (+98.19%)
Diamond Hill Capital 8,661,231 sh (+12.37%)
Mario Gabelli 1,632,335 sh (+5.52%)
Richard Pzena 12,957,017 sh (+5.51%)
John Rogers 158,680 sh (unchged)
John Keeley 74,500 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Arnold Schneider Sold Out
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,762,500 sh (-0.04%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 314,970 sh (-1.4%)
Pioneer Investments 5,076,338 sh (-18.18%)
Caxton Associates 5,826,880 sh (-18.2%)
Ken Fisher 7,245 sh (-23.7%)
Jeremy Grantham 458,900 sh (-34.34%)
Jim Chanos 198,760 sh (-54.99%)
Louis Moore Bacon 225,000 sh (-71.88%)
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Q3 2014

MS Guru Trades in Q3 2014

David Dreman 7,269 sh (New)
Dodge & Cox 14,980 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 602,400 sh (+31.27%)
Jim Chanos 258,750 sh (+30.18%)
Mario Gabelli 1,958,265 sh (+19.97%)
Pioneer Investments 5,192,859 sh (+2.3%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 319,970 sh (+1.59%)
Ken Fisher 7,357 sh (+1.55%)
John Rogers 159,580 sh (+0.57%)
Caxton Associates 5,858,880 sh (+0.55%)
Ken Heebner 6,580,000 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Diamond Hill Capital 8,500,230 sh (-1.86%)
Richard Pzena 12,550,716 sh (-3.14%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,637,200 sh (-4.54%)
John Keeley 54,000 sh (-27.52%)
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Q4 2014

MS Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Ken Fisher 346,923 sh (+4615.55%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with MS

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Ken Fisher 2014-12-31 Add 4615.55%0.03%$32.53 - $39 $ 33.81-5%346923
David Dreman 2014-09-30 New Buy0.02%$31.36 - $36.13 $ 33.811%7269
John Keeley 2014-09-30 Reduce -27.52%0.01%$31.36 - $36.13 $ 33.811%54000
Dodge & Cox 2014-09-30 New Buy$31.36 - $36.13 $ 33.811%14980
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 Sold Out $31.36 - $36.13 $ 33.811%0
Ken Heebner 2014-06-30 Add 98.19%2.77%$28.47 - $32.66 $ 33.8110%6580000
Richard Pzena 2014-06-30 Add 5.51%0.12%$28.47 - $32.66 $ 33.8110%12957017
Arnold Schneider 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.11%$28.47 - $32.66 $ 33.8110%0
Ken Fisher 2014-06-30 Reduce -23.7%$28.47 - $32.66 $ 33.8110%7245
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 New Buy$28.47 - $32.66 $ 33.8110%9827
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Sold Out $28.47 - $32.66 $ 33.8110%0
Ken Heebner 2014-03-31 Reduce -74.66%7.91%$28.95 - $33.4 $ 33.819%3320000
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2014-03-31 Add 2547.62%1.73%$28.95 - $33.4 $ 33.819%319435
Arnold Schneider 2014-03-31 Reduce -82.77%0.43%$28.95 - $33.4 $ 33.819%31154
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2014-03-31 Add 20.48%0.05%$28.95 - $33.4 $ 33.819%2763500
Ken Fisher 2014-03-31 Add 22.93%$28.95 - $33.4 $ 33.819%9495
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 New Buy$28.95 - $33.4 $ 33.819%15755
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Preferred stocks of Morgan Stanley

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
MSPRE25.336.39
MSPRA0.005.02ADR
MSPRF24.856.40Deposit Shs Repr 1/1000th Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -F-
MSPRG25.004.55Deposit Shs Repr 1/1000th 6 5/8 % Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -G-
MSPRI0.002.01Deposit Shs Repr 1/1000th Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -I-

Guru Investment Theses on Morgan Stanley

Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Morgan Stanley - Mar 05, 2014

Investment broker Morgan Stanley (MS) was a strong performer during the quarter as the company reported another period of improving margins and generally stronger profitability. Additionally, its capital levels continue to improve.



From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Fourth Quarter 2013 Commentary.

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Daniel Comments on Morgan Stanley - Apr 04, 2013


During the Fourth Quarter, we initiated a position in Morgan Stanley (MS), which we believe is in the early innings of a turnaround. The bank’s investment banking advisory and equity sales and trading businesses – which we know well from our perspectives as both investors and long-time satisfied clients – have consistently won top three market shares and are impressively positioned. Although MS has historically failed to capitalize on its strengths, its leadership currently is focused on growing its good businesses while consolidating and successfully fixing its previously troubled Wealth Management business.In 2013, we expect Morgan Stanley to tackle its other weak business, Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodities (FICC) sales and trading. Morgan Stanley’s stock currently trades at a 20% discount to tangible book (down from a 35% discount when we acquired our stake at an average cost of $16.77 per share), and we view MS at these prices as a chance to buy a free call option on a promising restructuring.

In Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley has approached the turnaround with focus and results have been encouraging. The underlying earnings power of the combined MorganStanley Smith Barney business can be seen in the pre-tax margin line: pre-tax margins in Wealth Management have risen from 6% in 2009 to 13% in Q3 2012, and look on track to meet or exceed management’s mid-teens target for 2013. Morgan Stanley has a tougherroad ahead in dealing with its FICC businesses, which are limping along with a still-bloatedcost structure and anemic returns due to regulatory changes stemming from the GlobalFinancial Crisis. Nearly two thirds of the company’s Risk Weighted Assets on a fully loadedBasel IIIfourth quarter commentary.


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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 11.40
MS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
89% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 24.90 vs. MS: 11.40 )
MS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.08   Max: 402.14
Current: 11.4

7.08
402.14
Forward P/E 10.21
MS's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
91% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 34.60 vs. MS: 10.21 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 11.50
MS's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
89% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 25.10 vs. MS: 11.50 )
MS' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 7.34   Max: 409.45
Current: 11.5

7.34
409.45
P/S 2.00
MS's P/S is ranked higher than
81% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.76 vs. MS: 2.00 )
MS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 2.5
Current: 2

0.44
2.5
PFCF 35.10
MS's PFCF is ranked higher than
76% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 112.85 vs. MS: 35.10 )
MS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 0.17   Max: 199.63
Current: 35.1

0.17
199.63
POCF 8.63
MS's POCF is ranked higher than
88% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 24.78 vs. MS: 8.63 )
MS' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 19.01
Current: 8.63

0.16
19.01
EV-to-EBIT 10.39
MS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
86% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 27.56 vs. MS: 10.39 )
MS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -1625.3   Max: 1883.3
Current: 10.39

-1625.3
1883.3
Shiller P/E 28.80
MS's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
80% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 53.25 vs. MS: 28.80 )
MS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 2   Max: 130.58
Current: 28.8

2
130.58
Days Sales Outstanding 585.13
MS's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
58% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 117.27 vs. MS: 585.13 )
MS' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 90.84   Max: 898.98
Current: 585.13

90.84
898.98

Dividend & Buy Back

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history
Dividend Yield 1.20
MS's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
83% of the 354 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.58 vs. MS: 1.20 )
MS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 11.16
Current: 1.2

0.6
11.16
Dividend Payout 0.12
MS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
99% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.86 vs. MS: 0.12 )
MS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.08   Max: 0.75
Current: 0.12

0.08
0.75
Dividend growth (3y) 20.50
MS's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
88% of the 235 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. MS: 20.50 )
MS' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -43   Max: 41.9
Current: 20.5

-43
41.9
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.10
MS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
67% of the 357 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.65 vs. MS: 2.10 )
MS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.05   Max: 19.49
Current: 2.1

1.05
19.49
Share Buyback Rate -5.60
MS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
57% of the 319 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -0.90 vs. MS: -5.60 )
MS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.3   Max: -20.1
Current: -5.6

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.60
MS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
91% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.23 vs. MS: 0.60 )
MS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.23   Max: 35.26
Current: 0.6

0.23
35.26
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
MS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
74% of the 488 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. MS: 1.10 )
MS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 1.91
Current: 1.1

0.36
1.91
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.60
MS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
85% of the 436 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 4.70 vs. MS: 9.60 )
MS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 9.6
Current: 9.6

0.1
9.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 23.82
MS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
88% of the 246 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 4.64 vs. MS: 23.82 )
MS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -175.9   Max: 84.8
Current: 23.82

-175.9
84.8

Business Description

Industry: Brokers & Exchanges » Capital Markets
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Traded in other countries:DWD.Germany, MSBR34.Brazil, MS.Mexico, MS.Chile,
Morgan Stanley was originally incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1981. The Company is a financial services firm that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides its products and services to a diversified group of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions and individuals. It has three business segments: Institutional Securities, Wealth Management Group and Asset Management. The Institutional Securities segment offers financial advisory services on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, recapitalizations, spin-offs, exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, takeover defenses, and shareholder relations, as well as provides capital raising and corporate lending services. This segment also engages in sales, trading, financing, and market-making activities, including equity trading, fixed income and commodities, research, and investment activities, as well as provides financing services, such as prime brokerage, consolidated clearance, settlement, custody, financing, and portfolio reporting services. Its Wealth Management Group segment offers brokerage and investment advisory services covering various types of investments comprising equities, options, futures, foreign currencies, precious metals, fixed income securities, mutual funds, structured products, alternative investments, unit investment trusts, managed futures, separately managed accounts, and mutual fund asset allocation programs. This segment also provides education savings programs, financial and wealth planning services, annuity and other insurance products, cash management services, trust and fiduciary services, retirement solutions, and credit and other lending products, as well as engages in fixed income principal trading. Wealth Management business segment provides comprehensive financial services to clients through a network of more than 16,700 representatives in 649 locations. The Company's Asset Management business segment, consisting of Merchant Banking, Traditional Asset Management and Real Estate Investing activities, is one of the investment management organizations of full-service financial services firm and offers clients an array of equity, fixed income and alternative investments and merchant banking strategies. The Company competes with commercial banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, electronic trading and clearing platforms, financial data repositories, sponsor of mutual funds, hedge funds, energy companies and other companies offering financial or ancillary services in the U.S., globally and through the internet. As a financial services firm, the Company is subject to extensive regulation by U.S. federal and state regulatory agencies and securities exchanges and by regulators and exchanges in each of the markets where it conducts its business.
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