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February 18, 2014
06:30 EDTMS, UBSInvestments banks pull back from India expansion, Bloomberg reports
In India, investment banks, including UBS (UBS) and Morgan Stanley (MS), are reversing their expansion plans following years of building operations, expecting that a growing economy would set off a boom in mergers and stock sales, reports Bloomberg. Reference Link
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January 27, 2015
06:52 EDTUBSEuropean Central Bank raises capital requirements for banks, WSJ says
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January 26, 2015
12:49 EDTMSFederal Reserve discloses plan to improve U.S. payment system, WSJ reports
The Federal Reserve released a plan that would improve the U.S. payment system, saying the current outlook, which covers banking, checking, credit cards and online transactions is fragmented and outdated with respect to new technologies that may harm consumers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Federal Reserve invited banks, credit card companies and payment processors to coordinate efforts. 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
11:01 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says has appointed 151 new managing directors
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January 23, 2015
08:22 EDTUBSUBS says did not experience negative revenues in trading from Swiss franc move
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08:21 EDTUBSUBS sees DCCP to qualify as additional tier 1 capital
UBS has enhanced certain features of its employee compensation framework in anticipation of increased focus on tier 1 capital instruments. Starting with compensation for 2014, Deferred Contingent Capital Plan, or DCCP, awards will qualify as fully applied additional tier 1 capital under Basel III regulations. This will optimize the capital efficiency of these plans under Basel III. Outstanding DCCP awards granted for the performance years 2012 and 2013 are unaffected by these changes, and continue to qualify as Basel III tier 2 loss-absorbing capital. Reflecting progress in the establishment of its Group holding company, including the successful completion of its share-for-share exchange offer, UBS fully accrued a supplementary capital return of CHF 0.25 per share in the fourth quarter of 2014. The accrual reduced UBS's fully applied Basel III CET1 capital by approximately CHF 1B as of December 31, 2014. Subject to shareholder approval, UBS Group AG intends to pay the supplementary capital return upon successful completion of the squeeze-out procedure. The supplementary capital return is expected to be a distribution of capital contribution reserves. It is separate and in addition to its targeted capital return of at least 50% of net profit attributable to UBS shareholders, UBS said.
07:59 EDTUBSUBS wins dismissal of lawsuit over inactive account seizure, Reuters says
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06:42 EDTMSU.S. banks preparing for prolonged low bond yields, Reuters says
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January 21, 2015
07:50 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's deferment of bonuses lowered to 50%, NY Post says
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January 20, 2015
16:23 EDTMSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
13:08 EDTMSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:58 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports 6.1% passive stake in Madison Square Garden
09:14 EDTMSMorgan Stanley does not see lower oil hurting physical oil business sale process
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09:11 EDTMSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:03 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says still committed to sale of oil and gas commodities business
08:50 EDTMSMorgan Stanley sees 'clear path' to ROE of 10%
Morgan Stanley sees driving ROE above 10% in Fixed Income and Commodities. On reduction and optimization of Risk-Weighted Assets in Fixed Income and Commodities, the firm said it is on track to achieve year end 2015 target of below $180B and sees additional capital opportunity through passive roll-down of $25B of RWAs by year-end 2018. Morgan Stanley sees a "meaningful reduction" in funding costs due to spread tightening and roll-off of older more expensive debt. For target Compensation/Net Revenue ratios, Morgan Stanley sees Institutional Securities 39% in 2015 in a flat revenue environment; sees Wealth Management 55% over time in a flat interest rate environment; and sees Investment Management 40% over time. Morgan Stanley intends to continue to increase its capital return to shareholders over time, subject to regulatory approval, the company noted. Comments and guidance from Q4 earnings conference call and slides.
07:08 EDTMSMorgan Stanley says Q4 affected by 'choppy market conditions'
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07:07 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 book value of $34.62
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07:07 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Common Equity Tier 1 risk-based capital ratio 14.2%
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07:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 continuing ops EPS 47c, consensus 48c
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07:02 EDTMSMorgan Stanley reports Q4 EPS ex-DVA 40c, consensus 48c
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