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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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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.
06:07 EDTMSONUG: Yahoo hires VP of global network from Symantec
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July 20, 2015
13:03 EDTMSFed proposes final rule on capital surcharges for largest U.S. banks
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12:08 EDTMSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
09:22 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:47 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO: Retail investor activity yet to increase from subdued levels
Morgan Stanley CFO Jonathan Pruzan said the firm's view on Wealth Management remains positive as the recovery plays out in the U.S., with growth expected to come from its bank strategy and fee-based program. "We continue to see softness in transactional revenues, which were down 8% compared to last quarter as retail investor activity has yet to increase from subdued levels," Pruzan added.
08:43 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CEO says firm should benefit from being overweight U.S.
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07:10 EDTMSMorgan Stanley rises 3.8% to $41.75 in pre-market after Q2 earnings beat
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07:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports tangible book value per common share $29.54
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07:04 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 Wealth Management net revenues $3.9B
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07:01 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q2 EPS ex DVA 79c, consensus 74c
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTMSFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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