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January 29, 2013
15:32 EDTMS, DDDuPont exploring sale of its cyanide business, Reuters reports
Morgan Stanley has been hired to advise on the potential sale, according to Reuters, which added that the business could be worth more than $700M.
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April 20, 2015
07:17 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 EPS ex-DVA, ex-tax benefit 85c, consensus 78c
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07:17 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says results include net discrete tax benefit of 29c per share
Results for the current quarter included a net discrete tax benefit of $564M or 29c per diluted share primarily associated with the repatriation of non-U.S. earnings at a lower cost than originally estimated.
07:16 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 ROE from continuing ops 10.1% ex-DVA and benefit
The annualized return on average common equity from continuing operations was 14.2% in the current quarter, or 10.1% excluding DVA and the net discrete tax benefit.
07:16 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 continuing ops EPS $1.18, consensus 78c
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April 17, 2015
15:31 EDTMSNotable companies reporting before Monday's open
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13:54 EDTMSMorgan Stanley technical comments ahead of results
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13:43 EDTMSEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley to report after CFO departs
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the open on Monday, April 20, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Morgan Stanley is an investment bank. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 78c on revenue of $9.17B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 72c-86c on revenue of $8.87B-$9.55B. LAST QUARTER: Morgan Stanley reported weaker than expected fourth quarter results. The company said that its results were adversely affected by "choppy market conditions," although it characterized the results as strong. On February 25, the bank agreed to pay $3.6B to the U.S. to settle claims related to residential mortgage-backed securities. On March 11, Morgan Stanley announced that it would repurchase $3.1B of its shares and raise its dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. On March 24, the bank announced that its CFO, Ruth Porat, would resign to take a similar position at Google (GOOG). Morgan Stanley announced that it had chosen Jonathan Pruzan, the co-head of its Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, to succeed Porat. STREET RESEARCH: Two research firms were divided on the outlook for Morgan Stanley's Q1 results. On March 16, well-known analyst Dick Bove of Rafferty Capital wrote that the bank's Q1 results were not looking strong. Trade data from the Federal Reserve suggested that Morgan Stanley was losing ground in several key categories, with trading flat to down overall and investment banking not faring much better. However, Bove continued to identify the bank as one of his top picks for 2015. However, Susquehanna on April 7 raised its estimates for Morgan Stanley, citing a stronger fixed income performance, driven by rate and currency volatility. Morgan Stanley's Q1 results should improve nicely versus its Q4 performance, added the firm, which nonetheless reiterated a Neutral rating on the stock. PEER RESULTS: Goldman Sachs (GS) reported stronger than expected Q1 results, as its investment banking revenue rose 7% versus the same period a year earlier and its institutional client services revenue surged 23% year-over-year. JPMorgan (JPM) reported on Monday that its Q1 gross investment banking revenue from its commercial banking clients had soared 68%. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley's stock is up 5% over the last three months and up over 10% over the last six months.
11:38 EDTDDCelanese hits new 52-week high after raising FY15 profit outlook
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07:31 EDTMSU.K. postpones debt buyback due to Bloomberg terminal crash, WSJ reports
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April 16, 2015
12:38 EDTDDDuPont solicits bids for Delaware hotel, country club, Bloomberg says
DuPont has begun soliciting bids for its Hotel DuPont and DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware, reports Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the auction. The move would dovetail with the wishes of Nelson Peltz' Trian Fund Management, which claims the company should be broken up due to $4B in excess costs. Reference Link
08:56 EDTMSMorgan Stanley April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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08:24 EDTDDDuPont sends letter to shareholders, urging vote FOR DuPont's 12 directors
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April 15, 2015
06:11 EDTMSRegulators seek to end 'too big to fail' firms, WSJ reports
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April 14, 2015
19:56 EDTMSMorgan Stanley nearing $1B deal for oil trading and storage unit, WSJ says
Castleton Commodities International has become the leading bidder for Morgan Stanley's oil-trading and storage unit, offering more than $1B for the business, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Any potential deal remains weeks away, said the sources.Reference Link
08:35 EDTMSEtsy offering vendors chance to participate in IPO, WSJ reports
Etsy (ETSY), through a program being overseen by Morgan Stanley (MS), is giving its vendors and other small investors the opportunity to buy as much as $2,500 in stock just before its public float, reported The Wall Street Journal. The bank's customary account fees are being waived for the program, via which participants can offer to buy between $100 and $2,500 worth of Etsy stock, people familiar with the matter told the Journal. Reference Link
07:58 EDTDDDuPont CEO says Peltz wrongly focusing on short-term, WSJ reports
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman argued that Trian Fund Management's Nelson Peltz is pushing a short-term agenda, stating “Can you cut costs and create a bump short-term? Yes, but where are you going to be in two years, in five years? Do you exist in 10?” Kullman added that Trian lacks the expertise and the patience needed to guide a company whose products may require a decade or more to launch, the Journal added. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
09:53 EDTDDTrian's Garden says 'very confident' in winning DuPont board seats
Ed Garden, Chief Investment Officer of Trian Partners, is speaking on CNBC.
09:52 EDTDDTrian's Garden says something wrong with DuPont R&D spending
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07:52 EDTMSPotential rule change on accounts to likely be manageable, says JMP Securities
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07:16 EDTMSTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
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