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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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April 20, 2015
07:43 EDTMSMorgan Stanley in talks to pay about $500M to settle NY AG probe, WSJ reports
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07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley increases quarterly dividend to 15c per share
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07:19 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports book value $33.80 at March 31
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07:18 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CEO says Q1 was 'strongest quarter in many years'
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07:17 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q1 compensation expense of $4.5B
Compensation expense of $4.5B increased from $4.3B a year ago, primarily driven by higher revenues. Non-compensation expenses of $2.5B increased from $2.3B a year ago, reflecting higher legal costs and volume driven expenses.
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.
07:31 EDTMSU.K. postpones debt buyback due to Bloomberg terminal crash, WSJ reports
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April 16, 2015
08:56 EDTMSMorgan Stanley April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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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
April 13, 2015
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.
April 7, 2015
08:11 EDTMSGoldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley estimates raised at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its estimates for both Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) to reflect a strong quarter for FICC driven by interest rate and currency volatility and more stable credit markets as well as better I&L. Susquehanna maintains Neutral ratings on both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley shares.
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