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April 23, 2013
10:00 EDTCAT, LFL, CPA, BGC, VECO, TOL, MS, LEN, INFA, IVZ, EC, DRH, CYH, CB, WWDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Chubb (CB) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at William Blair... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... DiamondRock (DRH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Ecopetrol (EC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Informatica (INFA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Invesco (IVZ) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... General Cable (BGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Noble Financial... Copa Holdings (CPA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... LATAM Airlines (LFL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Woodward (WWD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Veeco (VECO) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded on favorable risk/reward at JPMorgan... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded at Morgan Stanley.
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11:00 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says financial advisors growing mortgages despite weak demand
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10:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says not likely industry ROE stays below 10%
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10:27 EDTMSMorgan Stanley sees M&A remaining "vibrant"
Says that although June was stronger than first two months of quarter, too early to determine conditions for balance of year. Says M&A volumes remain strong, financing markets remain "receptive," seeing an increase in activity in Europe.
10:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says continuing to work toward close fo Rosneft deal
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10:06 EDTMSMorgan Stanley rises after earnings, heading for resistance
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09:15 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
07:21 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says #2 in announced M&A, #3 in IPOs
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07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says results included net discrete tax benefit of 31c per share
07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS 60c ex-DVA, tax benefit, consensus 55c
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07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 Institutional Securities revenue $4.2B
Institutional Securities net revenues for the current quarter were $4.2B compared with $4.4B a year ago. DVA resulted in positive revenue of $87M in the current quarter compared with $175M a year ago. Excluding DVA, net revenues for the current quarter of $4.2B were relatively unchanged from a year ago. Wealth Management net revenues for the current quarter were $3.7B compared with $3.5B a year ago. Investment Management net revenues of $692M increased from $673M in the prior year. Results reflect higher gains on investments in Merchant Banking and higher results in Traditional Asset Management, partly offset by lower revenues in the Real Estate Investing business driven by the deconsolidation of certain legal entities associated with a real estate fund sponsored by the Firm.
07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio approx. 15.2% at June 30
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07:17 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS 94c, consensus 55c
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06:38 EDTMSStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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July 16, 2014
15:02 EDTMSMorgan Stanley July 32.5 straddle priced for 3.3% move into Q2
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14:57 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report amid optimism on Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Morgan Stanley is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 55c on revenue of $8.2B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-64c on revenue of $7.58B-$8.65B. Morgan Stanley (MS) reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as the company's revenue rose to $8.9B from $8.2B. The company's wealth management unit generated pre-tax income of $691M, versus $597M in the same period a year earlier. Morgan Stanley's investment management unit saw its pre-tax income from continuing operations rise to $263M from $187M, while the pre-tax income of its institutional Securities division rose $1.4B, up from $799M. Morgan Stanley's wealth management business will continue growing and the business' return on equity will eventually be well over 10%, said the company's CEO, Tom Gorman last month, according to The New York Times. But declines in the bank's fixed income revenues may make it harder for its securities businesses to exceed a 10% return on equity, and the firm has significantly reduced its trading operations, the newspaper quoted the CEO as saying. PEERS: On July 15, Goldman Sachs reported stronger than expected results, as the bank's investment banking unit saw its net revenue rise 15% year-over-year, while the net revenues generated by its Institutional Client Services unit dropped 11%. But Goldman's investing and lending unit saw its net revenues surge 46% year-over-year. Citigroup (C), on July 14, reported higher than expected Q2 EPS excluding certain items but lower than expected revenue. Revenue from Citi's Institutional Client Group dropped 11%, as revenue from fixed income and equity markets fell. STREET RESEARCH: On July 10, research firm Bernstein recommended Morgan Stanley's stock due to its exposure to high margin investment banking. Bernstein also liked Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is up almost 9% over the last three months and it has surged over 23% in the last twelve months.
11:29 EDTLENLennar management to meet with ISI Group
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on July 23 hosted by ISI Group.
10:51 EDTCYHHospitals advance after HCA preliminary results beat expectations
Shares of a number of hospital stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), preannounced stronger than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: HCA Holdings estimated that its Q2 EPS would come in at $1.07, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 92c. The hospital operator estimated that its Q2 revenue would be $9.23B, versus the consensus estimate of $8.86B. Moreover, HCA hiked its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, to $4.00-$4.25 from its prior view of $3.45-$3.75. The company added that its same facility admissions had risen 1.2% during Q2 versus the same period a year earlier, while same facility revenue per equivalent admission is expected to jump about 5.4%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman stated that it's possible that the Affordable Care Act was responsible for most of the amount by which the company's EPS beat the consensus outlook. As a result, he thinks that the company's full-year guidance appears "rather conservative." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on HCA shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Community Health (CYH) surged 8% to $46, Tenet (THC) rallied 7.5% to $48.33, Universal Health (UHS) climbed 5% to $96.44, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 6% to $65.06, and HCA Holdings gained 7.8% to $59.50.
09:59 EDTCYHHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:41 EDTECEcopetrol upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup
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09:35 EDTCYHHospitals rally after HCA Holdings boosts outlook
After HCA Holdings (HCA) raised its outlook for the year, peers Community Health (CYH), Tenet (THC), Universal Health (UHS) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) are strongly to the upside in early trading.
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