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July 16, 2014
14:57 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report amid optimism on Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Morgan Stanley is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 55c on revenue of $8.2B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-64c on revenue of $7.58B-$8.65B. Morgan Stanley (MS) reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as the company's revenue rose to $8.9B from $8.2B. The company's wealth management unit generated pre-tax income of $691M, versus $597M in the same period a year earlier. Morgan Stanley's investment management unit saw its pre-tax income from continuing operations rise to $263M from $187M, while the pre-tax income of its institutional Securities division rose $1.4B, up from $799M. Morgan Stanley's wealth management business will continue growing and the business' return on equity will eventually be well over 10%, said the company's CEO, Tom Gorman last month, according to The New York Times. But declines in the bank's fixed income revenues may make it harder for its securities businesses to exceed a 10% return on equity, and the firm has significantly reduced its trading operations, the newspaper quoted the CEO as saying. PEERS: On July 15, Goldman Sachs reported stronger than expected results, as the bank's investment banking unit saw its net revenue rise 15% year-over-year, while the net revenues generated by its Institutional Client Services unit dropped 11%. But Goldman's investing and lending unit saw its net revenues surge 46% year-over-year. Citigroup (C), on July 14, reported higher than expected Q2 EPS excluding certain items but lower than expected revenue. Revenue from Citi's Institutional Client Group dropped 11%, as revenue from fixed income and equity markets fell. STREET RESEARCH: On July 10, research firm Bernstein recommended Morgan Stanley's stock due to its exposure to high margin investment banking. Bernstein also liked Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is up almost 9% over the last three months and it has surged over 23% in the last twelve months.
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March 30, 2015
12:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to divest Wentworth natural gas business, Reuters says
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07:44 EDTMSBasel Committee says new regulations unlikely, FT reports
In an interview with the Financial Times, Basel Committee secretary-general William Coen stated most of the post-financial crisis bank regulation is in place, and the committee will now spend 2015 providing clarity on existing regulation. Coen stated that he is strongly inclined to review bank trading book rules by year's end, though the committee's review of market risk regulations may or may not be completed this year. Publicly traded companies in the 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
06:12 EDTMSBNY Mellon denies initiating CEO search, FT says
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March 29, 2015
18:02 EDTMSECB stimulus may boost trading opportunities for investment banks, Reuters says
The European economic stimulus plan may boost trading opportunities for major investment banks whose profits have been curtailed by an increase in financial regulations since the financial crisis, says Reuters. publicly traded companies in the 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
March 27, 2015
09:37 EDTMSGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTMSBNY Mellon may have contacted recruitment firm for CEO candidates, Reuters says
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March 26, 2015
08:17 EDTMSSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. Publicly traded companies in the 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
06:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CEO planning further changes to management team, WSJ reports
Over the next few months, sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Morgan Stanley Chairman and CEO James Gorman is planning further changes to the bank's management team as part of Gorman's efforts to prepare the bank for the next phase of its turnaround. Sources say Gorman is also looking to lay the groundwork for a succession plan. The bank said this week that Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO. Reference Link
March 25, 2015
07:22 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO selected partly due to experience with regulators, WSJ says
Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman selected Jonathan Pruzan to succeed Ruth Porat as CFO in part because Pruzan "understands the current regulatory environment" due to his role advising other banks on the Fed's stress test, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing an internal memo from Gorman. The Journal notes that Pruzan is a diplomatic "banker to other bankers," having advised Morgan Stanley's peers and rivals on financial matters as well as managing relationships with regulators. Reference Link
March 24, 2015
16:20 EDTMSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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10:44 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO change a 'manageable uncertainty,' says Wells Fargo
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09:09 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat to join Google as new CFO
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Morgan Stanley (MS) this morning announced that current Morgan Stanley Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat will leave the firm and take on the same role at Google. WHAT'S NEW: Morgan Stanley said in a filing that Porat, who joined the firm in 1987, will leave the company, effective April 30. At Morgan Stanley, Porat was previously vice chairman of Investment Banking, global head of the Financial Institutions Group and and co-head of Technology Investment Banking. Google said in a separate statement that Porat will join the company as CFO on May 26. At Google, Porat will report to Google Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Larry Page. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Jonathan Pruzan, currently co-head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, will succeed Porat as the bank's CFO upon Porat's departure. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is down 0.14% in pre-market trading and Google is up 1.09%.
08:59 EDTMSMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruthís departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fedís stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firmís Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTMSGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTMSGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
08:53 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat leaving bank for role in Silicon Valley, DJ reports
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07:45 EDTMSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 23, 2015
07:19 EDTMSCapital Link to hold a forum
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March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTMSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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