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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 3, 2015
08:43 EDTMSBrookings Institute to hold a discussion
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August 2, 2015
19:43 EDTMSMorgan Stanley brokers claim being underpaid, FT says
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July 31, 2015
06:40 EDTMSU.S. banks prepared to take advantage of Euro lenders' cautions, WSJ says
U.S. banks are preparing to advance in the sector after reporting earnings, with executives touting the gloom coming from their European counterparts as a major opportunity to capitalize on their newfound advantage, the Wall Street Journal reports. On Thursday, Deutsche Bank (DB) CEO John Cryan said that the company must "shrink" its balance sheet, while Barclays (BCS) chairman John McFarlane said that Wall Street lenders are "an enormous threat" to Euro investment banks, the report says. On the other hand, Morgan Stanley (MS) chairman James Gorman said after reporting earnings last week that the company is poised to advanced in the debt trading sector, and that "there's a potential for, over a period of time, share gain for our business," the report says. In addition, Goldman Sachs finance chief Harvey Schwartz said that the company is "seeing potential big restructuring on the European side," the report adds. Publicly traded companies in the European space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Publicly traded companies in the U.S. space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
July 30, 2015
06:55 EDTMSBanks pitch total-return swaps as stock purchase alternative, WSJ reports
Banks have been pitching certain hedge fund clients on using derivatives instead of actual stocks when placing certain bets in an effort to lessen the impact of new capital rules on the banks' businesses, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the efforts. The shift involves derivatives known as total-return swaps that mirror the effects of owning a stock or other asset, the report says. Units of Bank of America (BAC), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), and UBS (UBS) are among the banks asking clients to shift trades into total-return swaps instead of underlying securities, the report says. Reference Link
July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:21 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
Guggenheim downgraded Morgan Stanley to Neutral due to shares approaching its fair value estimate of $43.
July 27, 2015
06:26 EDTMSSymphony Communication eyes $1B funding round, WSJ reports
Symphony Communication Services, an instant-messaging software company backed by Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs (GS), is eyeing an investment round that may value it at as much as $1B, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The startup is canvassing a range of possible new investors, including venture-capital funds and additional financial firms, the report says. Symphony also wants funds from its existing backers, including Goldman, Morgan Stanley (MS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), and BlackRock (BLK), the report says. Reference Link
July 21, 2015
08:49 EDTMSMorgan Stanley price target raised to $46 from $40 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital raised its price target on Morgan Stanley after the company reported higher than expected core Q2 EPS. The firm says that all of the company's segments delivered results that beat expectations. The firm raised its annual EPS estimates for the company by 2% and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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