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January 17, 2013
14:31 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report results following stock rally
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to report Q4 earnings before the open on Friday, January 18, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Morgan Stanley is a financial services company that provides financial advisory and capital raising services to clients... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 27c on revenue of $7.02B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-40c on revenue of $5.94B-$7.60B... LAST QUARTER: Morgan Stanley reported stronger than expected third quarter results, excluding certain items related to the valuation of its debt. However, the company’s institutional securities revenue sank to $1.376B from $6.41B during the same period in 2011, and its institutional securities business swung to a pre-tax loss of $1.917B, versus a profit of $3.447B in the third quarter of 2011. On a positive note, the bank’s global wealth management unit generated revenue of $3.36B last quarter, up from $3.226B, but the unit’s pre-tax income fell to $239M from $356M. Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman said on November 29 that he wanted to use some of the bank’s excess capital to increase returns for its shareholders, The Financial Times reported. More specifically, on December 11 The Wall Street Journal reported that Morgan Stanly was considering buying back shares for the first time in more than four years. The bank will have to receive permission from the Fed in order to buy back shares. In other news, Morgan Stanley is reportedly planning to cut 1,600 jobs in its investment banking unit, and it, together with Goldman Sachs (GS), agreed to pay a total of $557M to the Fed to settle accusations of mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure improprieties... STREET RESEARCH: Analysts have had mixed views on Morgan Stanley in recent weeks. SunTrust on January 3 downgraded the stock to Reduce from Neutral, as the firm believes that the bank may report weaker than expected results in 2013 and 2014, while it may return less cash to shareholders than many on the Street are expecting. Conversely, CLSA increased its price target on the stock to $27 from $23 on January 2. CLSA wrote that Morgan Stanley is the cheapest bank based on franchise value, and that ultimately the company will aggressively downsize its fixed income business, improving its return on equity. The firm maintained a Buy rating on the stock... PRICE ACTION: Over the past six months, Morgan Stanley’s stock has surged over 43%. The shares have continued their strong run recently, gaining about 7.5% since the beginning of the year.
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August 29, 2014
08:54 EDTMSMorgan Stanley filed plans for CNG export plant, Reuters says
Even as Morgan Stanley sells its physical oil business, the bank submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Energy in May to build and run one of the first U.S. compressed natural gas export facilities, according to Reuters. Reference Link
August 27, 2014
12:44 EDTMSDow Chemical looking to sell Angus Chemical, AgroFresh units, Reuters reports
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12:39 EDTMSDow Chemical looking to sell Angus Chemical, AgroFresh units, Reuters reports
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08:00 EDTMSSEC seen completing rules on MBS detail disclosures, WSJ says
The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to complete rules requiring banks and other financial institutions to give investors greater detail about the quality of mortgages and other loans pooled into bonds known as asset-backed securities, reported The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded big U.S banks 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
06:58 EDTMSMorgan Stanley wins $15M arbitration suit vs. Schwab, Reuters says
A Financial Regulatory Authority arbitration panel in San Francisco ruled that Morgan Stanley (MS) won a $15M arbitration lawsuit against Charles Schwab (SCHW), who accused the bank of unlawfully recruiting brokers from a Schwab San Francisco division that left with confidential data, according to Reuters, citing comments from a Charles Schwab spokesman. The ruling ended a disagreement which had lasted two years. Reference Link
August 26, 2014
08:30 EDTMSConcerns about payment disintermediation overdone, says Pacific Crest
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August 21, 2014
12:50 EDTMSDeutsche Bank divests natgas trading book to Morgan Stanley, Reuters says
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08:31 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, JP Morgan selected by Shake Shack to lead IPO, Reuters says
JP Morgan (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) have been picked by Shake Shack to lead the fast-food restaurant chain's IPO, sources tell Reuters. The offering could come as early as this year. Reference Link
06:43 EDTMSRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTMSBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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