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May 14, 2014
06:19 EDTMS, BCSMorgan Stanley hires Brad Whitman from Barclays, NY Times reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) has hired Brad Whitman, a senior Barclays (BCS) banker, as a vice chairman in its financial institutions group, the New York Times reports, citing an internal memo. Reference Link
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July 17, 2014
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.
July 14, 2014
07:13 EDTBCSDark pool investigation ups pressure on Barclays head, Reuters says
Barclays head Antony Jenkins is up one of biggest tests of his leadership when he chooses whether the firm should fight accusations that it deceived and defrauded U.S. clients, reported Reuters. If Jenkins accepts the allegations, he will have to deal with a problem arising from his promise to jettison any business that does not fit into the firm's new unblemished image. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
15:47 EDTBCSBarclays index unit could sell for close to $1B, Reuters reports
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07:34 EDTMSMorgan Stanley July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:30 EDTBCSBarclays to re-purpose cashiers with more customer-focused role, FT says
Barclays plans to have its 6,500 cashiers change their positions away from processing simple transactions and turning more toward giving customers advice, said Financial Times, which noted that the bank will give those employees an automatic 2.8% annual pay raise from October. Reference Link
07:20 EDTMSBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:48 EDTBCSBank of England says banks' capital requirement could rise, Reuters reports
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July 10, 2014
09:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, Lazard recommended at Bernstein
Bernstein recommends Morgan Stanley (MS) and Lazard (LAZ) for their exposure to high margin investment banking. The firm also likes Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management.
07:08 EDTBCSECB keeps tight grip on banks with health check results, Reuters says
The European Central Bank is targeting to keep a tight grip banks in the final phase of a balance sheet health check in October, giving them only 48 hours to review the test results before publishing them, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. The assessment will look into banks’ balance sheets and measure their ability to handle shock and stress. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).
06:52 EDTBCSGoldman gains energy marketer Golender from Barclays, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs (GS) appointed oil marketer Roy Golender as vice president of energy sales from Barclays (BCS), according to Reuters citing a company spokesman. Golender's LinkedIn profile says that while at Barclays Golender spent four years in commodity derivatives sales. Reference Link
July 8, 2014
13:36 EDTBCSBarclays names Posternack global M&A Chief, Bloomberg says
Barclays appointed named Gary Posternack global M&A Chief as part of a reorganization of its investment bank, according to Bloomberg, citing a person briefed on the matter. The source said that Matthew Ponsonby was named the Chief of M&A for Europe, the Middle East and Africa since his co-head, Mark Warham is leaving the firm. Reference Link
07:49 EDTBCSEU banks on pace to shed record EUR100B on unwanted loans, FT says
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