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April 16, 2014
12:49 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report after negative signs from peers
Morgan Stanley (MS), an investment bank, is scheduled to report first quarter earnings before the market opens on Thursday, April 17, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for Q1 earnings per share of 60c on revenue of $8.52B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-76c on revenue of $7.39B-$9.0B. LAST QUARTER: Morgan Stanley reported higher than expected fourth quarter EPS but lower than expected revenue. The company's wealth management unit had pre-tax income from continuing operations of $709M, up from $562M in the same period a year earlier. The pre-tax income of its Investment Management division increased to $337M in Q4, versus $221M in the year-ago period. PEERS: In a possible negative sign for Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan (JPM) last week reported that its Q1 fixed income revenue had tumbled 21% year-over-year, while its equity markets revenue dropped 3%. Similarly, Bank of America (BAC) earlier today reported that the net income of its Global Wealth and Investment Management unit had fallen to $729M last quarter, from $777M in the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, the revenue of Citigroup's (C) Institutional Clients Group in Q1 fell 4% year-over-year. NEWS: On March 26, Morgan Stanley announced that it was doubling its dividend to 10c per share and repurchasing up to $1B of its stock from Q2 through the end of 1Q15. The Fed approved the company's capital allocation plan, Morgan Stanley noted. STREET RESEARCH: In a note to investors on April 4, Macquarie recommended Morgan Stanley ahead of earnings, contending that Morgan Stanley should benefit from a favorable business mix and easier year-over-year comparisons. Macquarie expects Morgan Stanley's Q1 results to exceed consensus expectations. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley's stock has dropped 7% in the last three months, but is still up 36% over the last twelve months.
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November 21, 2014
07:41 EDTMSGoldman, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan grilled on commodities, WSJ says
Sen. Carl Levin, the retiring chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, accused Goldman Sachs (GS) of manipulating aluminum markets and also said JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) obscured their investments in metals or natural gas from regulators as representatives of the banks took part in a hearing that is part of a larger probe into their dealings in commodities markets, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:24 EDTMSBB&T CEO says 'banks lending recklessly' again, Reuters reports
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November 19, 2014
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley files automatic mixed securities shelf
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12:38 EDTMSSenate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee to hold a hearing
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November 18, 2014
09:02 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Wealth Management forms Global Sports & Entertainment unit
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November 12, 2014
10:46 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's Kelleher says Europe needs viable securitization framework
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10:37 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's Kelleher says firm is negative on Europe for growth
The company's President, Institutional securities Colm Kelleher is speaking at the BofA Financial Services Conference.
07:28 EDTMSBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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November 10, 2014
06:46 EDTMSRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link

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