Morgan Stanley ( MS ) will begin trading ex-dividend on April 28, 2014. A cash dividend payment of $0.1 per share is scheduled to be paid on May 15, 2014. Shareholders who purchased MS stock prior to the ex-dividend date are eligible for the cash dividend payment. This represents an 100% increase over the prior quarter. At the current stock price of $30.94, the dividend yield is 1.29%.
The previous trading day's last sale of MS was $30.94, representing a -7.7% decrease from the 52 week high of $33.52 and a 45.63% increase over the 52 week low of $21.25.
MS is a part of the Finance sector, which includes companies such as Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. ( GS ) and BlackRock, Inc. ( BLK ). MS's current earnings per share, an indicator of a company's profitability, is $1.67. Zacks Investment Research reports MS's forecasted earnings growth in 2014 as 21.67%, compared to an industry average of 15.2%.
Interested in gaining exposure to MS through an Exchange Traded Fund [ETF]?
The following ETF(s) have MS as a top-10 holding:
- PowerShares KBW Capital Markets Portfolio ( KBWC )
- iShares U.S. Broker-Dealers ETF ( IAI )
- Columbia Select Large Cap Value ETF ( GVT )
- PowerShares S&P International Developed High Beta Portfolio Ex ( IDHB ).
The top-performing ETF of this group is GVT with an increase of 8.26% over the last 100 days. KBWC has the highest percent weighting of MS at 9.21%.
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