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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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August 29, 2014
08:54 EDTMSMorgan Stanley filed plans for CNG export plant, Reuters says
Even as Morgan Stanley sells its physical oil business, the bank submitted an application to the U.S. Department of Energy in May to build and run one of the first U.S. compressed natural gas export facilities, according to Reuters. Reference Link
August 27, 2014
12:44 EDTMSDow Chemical looking to sell Angus Chemical, AgroFresh units, Reuters reports
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12:39 EDTMSDow Chemical looking to sell Angus Chemical, AgroFresh units, Reuters reports
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08:00 EDTMSSEC seen completing rules on MBS detail disclosures, WSJ says
The Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to complete rules requiring banks and other financial institutions to give investors greater detail about the quality of mortgages and other loans pooled into bonds known as asset-backed securities, reported The Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded big U.S banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:58 EDTMSMorgan Stanley wins $15M arbitration suit vs. Schwab, Reuters says
A Financial Regulatory Authority arbitration panel in San Francisco ruled that Morgan Stanley (MS) won a $15M arbitration lawsuit against Charles Schwab (SCHW), who accused the bank of unlawfully recruiting brokers from a Schwab San Francisco division that left with confidential data, according to Reuters, citing comments from a Charles Schwab spokesman. The ruling ended a disagreement which had lasted two years. Reference Link
August 26, 2014
08:30 EDTMSConcerns about payment disintermediation overdone, says Pacific Crest
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August 21, 2014
12:50 EDTMSDeutsche Bank divests natgas trading book to Morgan Stanley, Reuters says
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08:31 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, JP Morgan selected by Shake Shack to lead IPO, Reuters says
JP Morgan (JPM) and Morgan Stanley (MS) have been picked by Shake Shack to lead the fast-food restaurant chain's IPO, sources tell Reuters. The offering could come as early as this year. Reference Link
06:43 EDTMSRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTMSBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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August 18, 2014
06:47 EDTMSU.S. banks consider Ireland fitting spot for EU divisions, FT says
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August 15, 2014
06:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley settles overtime pay suit with $4.2M, Reuters says
Morgan Stanley and sales assistants in the firm's wealth management division system who alleged that they were owed overtime compensation finally agreed to settle the matter with $4.2M, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman in an e-mail. The spokeswoman said, “Morgan Stanley maintains robust policies to ensure that non-exempt employees are paid for all time worked. However, with this settlement we will put an end to protracted and expensive litigation that is a distraction from our business.” Reference Link

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