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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.
News For MS From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
15:16 EDTMSFed gives banks until July 2016 to to conform investments with covered funds
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December 17, 2014
13:24 EDTMSMorgan Stanley gets GBP1 fee to sell stake in Lloyds, WSJ says
Morgan Stanley (MS) has landed a prestigious deal and will collect a fee of GBP1 or $1.57 to sell down a potentially large stake in Lloyds Banking Group (LYG), says the Wall Street Journal. Morgan Stanley has until June 30, 2015 to sell what may amount to GBP3B worth of stock, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
December 16, 2014
11:45 EDTMSMorgan Stanley management to meet with Evercore ISI
Meeting to be held in New York on December 17 hosted by Evercore ISI.
09:59 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: BB&T (BBT) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Cimarex Energy (XEC) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Extended Stay America (STAY) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Peak Resorts (SKIS) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Peak Resorts initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Ralph Lauren (RL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Huntsman (HUN) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Dow Chemical (DOW) initiated with a Buy at Nomura.
07:22 EDTMSMorgan Stanley volatility at upper end of one-year range
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December 15, 2014
16:16 EDTMSMorgan Stanley initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Guggenheim initiated Morgan Stanley with a Buy and $42 price target and named it a Best Idea.
December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:09 EDTMSBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
07:10 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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December 11, 2014
10:17 EDTMSFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
December 10, 2014
11:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley pays $4M to SEC for violating market access rule
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTMSFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTMSFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. 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).
December 8, 2014
06:35 EDTMSValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large 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
06:21 EDTMSDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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December 5, 2014
14:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to reduce average bonus deferral rate to 50% from 80%
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December 4, 2014
07:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Citigroup gaining share in capital markets, says Wells Fargo
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