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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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September 2, 2015
06:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley poaches two brokers from Citigroup, Reuters reports
Morgan Stanley (MS) has poached two brokers from Citigroup's (C) private banking unit, William Goettert and John Entenberg, who managed $1B in client assets and have a combined $5M in production, Reuters reports. Additionally, Morgan Stanley has hired Louis Greif from Barclays' (BCS) U.S. wealth and investment management unit. Reference Link
August 31, 2015
10:01 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 58.com (WUBA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Astec (ASTE) upgraded on upcoming catalysts at Stifel... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Bob Evans (BOBE) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Dover (DOV) upgraded on valuation, headwinds bottom at Bernstein... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Leggett & Platt (LEG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Telefonica Brasil (VIV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... UIL Holdings (UIL) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman.
06:55 EDTMSMorgan Stanley upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI upgraded Morgan Stanley to Buy and maintained its $41 price target. The firm cited attractive valuation and said the recent pickup in volatility has led to higher trading volumes, which should give a boost to the typically slowest summer month of the year.
06:35 EDTMSCiti plans to rebuild equities franchise, Reuters reports
Citigroup (C) is planning to rebuild its equities franchise in an effort to capitalize on a retrenchment by rivals in the face of new rules created to make the financial system less risky, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the bank's plans. It may be tough to overcome leaders such as Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), and JPMorgan Chase (JPM), that have long dominated the sector, the report says. Citi is aiming to profit from a retreat of rivals slow to adapt new rules forcing banks to keep more capital, the report says. Deutsche Bank (DB), Credit Suisse (CS), and Barclays (BCS) are among others rebuilding their investment banking businesses, the report adds. Reference Link
August 27, 2015
06:46 EDTMSFed ups scrutiny of U.S. bank payment systems, WSJ reports
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06:34 EDTMSBanks, investors may suffer from margin calls, WSJ reports
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August 25, 2015
09:31 EDTMSMorgan Stanley upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
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August 24, 2015
16:07 EDTMSMonogram Residential Trust CFO Garfield to leave role, Swanstrom appointed CFO
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August 21, 2015
08:40 EDTMSCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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August 20, 2015
06:10 EDTMSWeather Channel said to hire banks to explore sale, Bloomberg reports
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06:07 EDTMSSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link

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