Morgan Stanley (MS)

48.91
1.42 2.99
NYSE : Finance
Prev Close 47.49
Open 47.63
Day Low/High 47.27 / 48.99
52 Wk Low/High 27.20 / 57.57
Volume 12.26M
Avg Volume 13.48M
Exchange NYSE
Shares Outstanding 1.58B
Market Cap 76.92B
EPS 5.30
P/E Ratio 9.41
Div & Yield 1.40 (2.93%)

Latest News

The Long and the Short of It

* After "playing" the rally off of the March lows (with plenty of longs) I have recently (again) gotten net short of exposure To summarize some my recent activity: * I took off numerous investment longs (for profits) into the rally -- including , , ...

Why the Markets Could Be Vulnerable

* Fundamental concerns and weakening technical signs might be converging now In the last few weeks and days I have eliminated all my equity investments in my personal pension plan, I have personally shorted S&P futures (at 3202 Monday night), I have...

A Midday Market Review

With the exception of a short and an elimination of my holdings - I have done little this morning. * Breadth is still a strong 3.5:1. * Ss (S&P) over Ns (Nasdaq), again, and despite strong gains in Tesla and Amazon . * Bonds are quiet. (I covered my...

It May Be Time for Financials to Consolidate a Bit Now

* The large money center banks are as close to "forever" stocks for me * However, the recent rise in the sector - and near +10% opening print higher - have been almost vertical and some backing and filling would not be a surprise * Indeed, some cons...

China Gloats Over U.S. Chaos But Faces Curbs on Access to Capitalism

China Gloats Over U.S. Chaos But Faces Curbs on Access to Capitalism

Scrutiny of overseas listings and corporate purchases by Chinese companies is set to intensify.

Kass: 1968 Redux?

Kass: 1968 Redux?

Nineteen Sixty-Eight was often considered to be one of the most turbulent and traumatic years of the 20th century in the U.S.

2020 Is Looking a Lot Like 1968, Without the Good Music

We are now in one of those times, like 52 years ago in 1968, that we and our children will always remember. Many of us have spent the weekend watching America burning in despair. As I write this missive, an extended portion of I-95 (in Palm Beach) h...

My Tactical Approach and Current Positioning

* I have liquidated a lot of my long positions and have been averaging into Index shorts lately * I worship at the altar of fundamentals and not of price momentum * Monday I will present a more lengthy analysis of my concerns over the balance of 202...

'Risk-On' Market, Volatility and Valuation, Trading Thoughts

'Risk-On' Market, Volatility and Valuation, Trading Thoughts

Watching Moderna, Microsoft and FedEx as risk continues to be a central market theme, despite Monday's rally.

The Overarching Level of Uncertainty Combines With Shifting and Worrisome Paradigm Shifts

* Big picture changes loom on the investment horizon * Many of these paradigm shifts are disruptive and market unfriendly * There will be some industry winners (healthcare/biotech, internet, packaged foods) but many industry losers (hotels, airlines...

Buffett's Doubts May Have Killed the V-Shaped Recovery

Buffett's Doubts May Have Killed the V-Shaped Recovery

Not only did Buffett completely dump his position in airlines but he noted that he was unable to find attractive ways to put his huge cash holdings to work.

Wrapping Up a Busy Week

Thanks for reading my Diary today and all week. It's been a long five days and I am going to sign off early. This has been a difficult period for many and I have tried to unemotionally explain how I am navigating and coping with the markets (and lif...

Covering My SPY Short

* As the expanding delta in my large SPY put took me to a too large net short exposure * Let me explain... At 1:30 pm the major indices are basically at their lows with the S&P Index -88 handles. The declines in individual stocks from only yesterday...

Good Sales

Good (full) sales in , , , , and yesterday. For more, see my opener from this morning.

A Time to Plant And a Time to Pluck Up That Which Is Planted

* Mission accomplished? Sell in May and go away!  * In scope and duration, stocks have rallied in a manner rarely seen in history * Month-to-date April has been the best month for equities since 1974 * The S&P Index has climbed by +31.4% since the M...

Let's Go Trend Spotting

Let's Go Trend Spotting

Intraday trends -- relentless trends -- are becoming the name of the game, so let's focus on the rotation from Nasdaq names into the Russell 2000 and financials.

A Confused Market Deals With Another Gap-Up Open

A Confused Market Deals With Another Gap-Up Open

Our job is to try to embrace the price action as best we can even if we don't see the logic behind it.

Jim Cramer: Here Are Amazon's 'Risks,' in Black and White

Jim Cramer: Here Are Amazon's 'Risks,' in Black and White

Here's why an article on Amazon allows you to buy ahead of the quarter, and how you can approach other companies reporting this week.

Jim Cramer: No Wonder the Banks Have Been Hit So Hard

Jim Cramer: No Wonder the Banks Have Been Hit So Hard

From the looks of the stocks of the banks, many of which reported excellent quarters, this group is in real trouble.

Assessing the Economic Damage Continues as Hope of Reopening the Economy Builds

Assessing the Economic Damage Continues as Hope of Reopening the Economy Builds

There will be some long-lasting changes in behavior that will impact the economy in many ways as it recovers.

Divining Earnings, Stunning Rebound, Trading Amazon

Divining Earnings, Stunning Rebound, Trading Amazon

Are the markets ready for a pause in this dramatic rebound? We are several weeks behind Europe in battling this pandemic and U.S. numbers are far worse. Time will tell.

My, How Quickly We Change Our Views

My, How Quickly We Change Our Views

The banks are changing their stance, so let's see what the indicators say.

New Buy (and Short) Levels

* My revised levels I don't want there to be any ambiguity about the size of my positions or about my buy and short levels as I strive for as much transparency as possible. "When the time comes to buy, you won't want to." --Walter Deemer "When the t...

Following Up on the Last Two 'Trades of the Week'

* And on two other recent buys... On weakness over the last few weeks I moved to large Disney and Goldman Sachs : * March 30th Trade of the Week: DIS $93 (now $104) * March 23rd Trade of the Week: GS $134 (now $168) Nothing this week on The Trade of...

Jim Cramer: What Stands Out Now? There's an Appetite for Risky Debt

Jim Cramer: What Stands Out Now? There's an Appetite for Risky Debt

It could make the difference if the debt and equity markets remained thawed after a brief period of freezing.

Questions Answered

To respond to some questions from subscribers, I have no current plans to sell recent purchases of and (+18% since purchased about a week ago). These are investments and not trades. I feel the same way about , and . Again, remember I am planning on ...

My Trades This Afternoon

This afternoon (and on weakness) I have made the following trades: * I have added to my new investment long Morgan Stanley . * I am bidding for my speculative package of stocks that will benefit mightily from a sooner-than-expected containment of Co...

Investing in MS

I have initiated a Morgan Stanley long at $31.35. I will have more on this investment later this week.