Historically, tumultuous times offer some of the best opportunities to buy stocks, and the market's recent mess surely qualifies. Some investors will never tread back into the waters of financial stocks again, but many investors think financial services giant Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) should be an exception.

In our Motley Fool CAPS community, some 75% of the 1,782 investors rating the company are bullish. There's no shortage of reasons why those bulls think Morgan Stanley will thrive; I've highlighted three below.

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1. Getting back in the game
Now that Morgan Stanley's conservative approach to risk taking left it watching competitors like Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) post stronger profits in the recent quarter, it's now looking to pick up its performance. Seeing signs of stability, the firm is now looking to boost its sales and fixed income trading.

2. Fresh blood
Morgan Stanley is investing in some new talent -- a new CEO, a former top Citigroup (NYSE:C) trader to boost equity trading in Europe, and 400 new hires to re-invigorate its sales and trading. Its new Morgan Stanley Smith Barney joint venture has more advisers than any other retail brokerage, including those at Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit or UBS's (NYSE:UBS) Wealth Management US. The company believes the new talent will help it remain a competitive force.

3. Last man standing
While large retail banks such as Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) survived the financial fallout, some CAPS members see Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs sitting in the proverbial catbird seat as the last remaining big investment banks. In a new era without Lehman Brothers, Bear Sterns, and Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley is set to capitalize and build its franchises in investment banking and grow market share across its key businesses.

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