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Morgan Stanley (MS)

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  • Oct. 10, 2014, 12:52 PM
    • The banking industry is very close to resolving too big to fail, says Jamie Dimon (JPM +0.6%), speaking publicly for the first time since his cancer diagnosis (other than his July earnings call appearance). He's appearing at a conference roundtable alongside Morgan Stanley's (MS +0.8%) James Gorman, Deutsche's (DB -0.9%) Anshu Jain, and Bank of America's (BAC +0.7%) Brian Moynihan.
    • Webcast here
    • The most pointed remarks so far come from Deutsche's Jain, who tells those who would continue to further strangle the banks with more regulation to look to Europe. Straightforward banking - taking deposits and making loans - is far more the norm there then here, he says, and the forcing of banks to trim businesses and balance sheets is a large contributor to the Continent's stagnant growth.
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  • Oct. 9, 2014, 10:04 AM
    • Morgan Stanley (MS -1.3%) is the only bank to have advised on each of 2014's largest acquisition deals, including serving as the sole banker to WhatsApp in its $18B sale to Facebook, according to Bloomberg. Morgan also had a piece of the Alibaba IPO and has jumped to 4th place from 7th in junk bond underwriting.
    • JPMorgan (JPM -0.4%) and CItigroup (C -0.6%), on the other hand, face the fastest-shrinking bonus pools, with The Bank of Dimon notable for having the steepest drop in fixed-income trading revenue among the five largest Wall Street banks.
    • JPMorgan, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo are set to release Q3 results next Tuesday, with Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, and Morgan Stanley following shortly thereafter.
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  • Oct. 7, 2014, 7:39 AM
    • Ahead of Q3 earnings results set for release this month, Wells Fargo lifts its price targets on those banks with sizable capital markets businesses, citing strong investment banking action and trading activity that's stopped falling.
    • Outperform-rated Ciitgroup (NYSE:C) and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) have their price targets lifted to $60 from $57, and $68 from $66, respectively.
    • Market Perform-rated Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have their targets lifted to $19 from $17, $195 from $185, and $37 from $35, respectively.
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  • Sep. 25, 2014, 7:11 AM
    • Sanctions could make financing day-to-day operations a near-impossibility, according to sources close to Rosneft (OTC:RNFTF), reports Reuters. The chances of a deal going through, they say, range from "possible" to "highly unlikely."
    • The business up for sale trades actual barrels of crude oil, not just futures contracts, putting Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) under regulatory pressure to exit an operation where something like an oil tanker leak could expose it to billions in liability.
    • Rosneft late last year agreed to pay between $300M-$400M in cash for the unit, but the actual operation of the business requires billions in bank lines of credit - something which could prove difficult to secure given Western sanctions.
    • "This deal just cannot go through," says one of Reuters' sources. "It is not an issue of finding $300M to buy the business. Rosneft has the money. But it won't be able to operate it."
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  • Sep. 24, 2014, 8:30 AM
    • Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is now trading at a "material premium" to European investment banks, says analyst Kian Abouhossein, cutting the stock to Neutral from Overweight, with price target remaining at $34. At current valuations, he would prefer UBS.
    • MS -0.6%, UBS +0.3% premarket
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  • Sep. 17, 2014, 3:16 PM
    • Leading markets higher as the reality of higher interest rates gets nearer is the financial sector (XLF +0.9%). Whether its banks, brokerages, or insurers, a higher benchmark rate for some time has been considered a key bullish catalyst. An especially large move is being seen in the online brokerage names who have been forced to forego money market fees for years thanks to ZIRP: E*Trade (ETFC +3%), Schwab(SCHW +3.2%), Ameritrade (AMTD +2%).
    • Morgan Stanley (MS +1.8%), Bank of America (BAC +1.2%), JPMorgan (JPM +0.9%)
    • U.S. Bancorp (USB +1.1%), Regions Financial (RF +2%), New York Community Bank (NYCB +0.8%), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN +1.3%), KeyCorp (KEY +1.3%)
    • MetLife (MET +0.6%), Voya Financial (VOYA +0.7%).
    • Chubb(CB +0.4%), AIG (AIG +1.1%), Hartford (HIG +0.8%)
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  • Sep. 16, 2014, 8:22 AM
    • Magnum Hunter Resources (NYSE:MHR) says it is bringing in Morgan Stanley as a partner in its Eureka Hunter natural gas gathering subsidiary in the Marcellus and Utica shale fields, giving the two co-ownership in the business valued at $1B.
    • Morgan Stanley Infrastructure (NYSE:MS) agrees to pay $65M to MHR for a 6.5% stake and will buy ArcLight Capital Partners' 41% stake in the business for an unspecified amount.
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  • Sep. 16, 2014, 7:20 AM
    • Morgan Stanley's (NYSE:MS) chairman of China investment banking Alex To plans to exit soon to run Bank of America's (NYSE:BAC) investment bank in that country. To joined Morgan in 2006 and played a key role in Shuanghai's purchase of Smithfield foods last year. His bank currently ranks sixth in investment banking revenue in Asia ex-Japan, according to Dealogic. BofA ranks ninth.
    • The move is the latest in a series of management moves in China investment banking - in July JPMorgan grabbed UBS's top guy, and last month Morgan Stanley lured over a Deutsche Bank executive.
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  • Sep. 9, 2014, 12:24 PM
    • The Fed intends to impose a capital surcharge on banks tougher than the international standard, according to Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo's prepared remarks for the Senate Banking Committee. Those banks with heavier reliance on short-term funding like overnight loans - i.e. Goldman Sachs (GS -1%) and Morgan Stanley (MS -1.8%) - will likely face even more rigorous requirements.
    • Officials haven't yet decided on a number, but reportedly are considering as much as 200 basis points more than the top range of 2.5% of risk-weighted assets agreed to by international regulators.
    • What's not yet clear is who would need to raise capital to meet the new, tougher standard.
    • Citigroup (C -1%), Bank of America (BAC -0.6%), JPMorgan (JPM -1.3%), Wells Fargo (WFC -0.4%), State Street (STT -1.1%), Bank of New York Mellon (BK -0.9%)
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  • Sep. 5, 2014, 9:46 AM
    • Morgan Stanley (MS -1.2%) is an outlier to the downside among the big banks after Macquarie rings the register on its Outperform call, downgrading to Neutral, citing capital returns that have lagged peers.
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  • Sep. 5, 2014, 3:41 AM
    • U.S. Federal Judge Denise Cote has ruled that investors may press claims against 12 major banks for violating antitrust law by limiting competition and fixing prices in the $21T CDS market, even though improved liquidity should have driven costs down.
    • The defendants include BofA (NYSE:BAC), Barclays (NYSE:BCS), BNP Paribas (OTC:BNPZY), Citigroup (NYSE:C), Credit Suisse (NYSE:CS), Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB), Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), HSBC (NYSE:HSBC), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), RBS (NYSE:RBS) and UBS (NYSE:UBS).
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  • Sep. 4, 2014, 7:14 AM
    • The "overlaps" between Morgan Stanley's (NYSE:MS) and Rosneft's (OTC:RNFTF) activities are very limited and several strong players would remain in the market after the merger, concludes the European Commission.
    • Still up is a U.S. security review.
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  • Sep. 4, 2014, 3:18 AM
    • U.S. regulators have approved of the proposed liquidity rules to safeguard banks in case of a financial crunch.
    • The rules are requiring large U.S. banks to load up on ultra-safe assets to ensure enough cash and securities to fund their operations for 30 days. Separate liquidity rules for foreign banks will be drawn up at a later date.
    • Big banks will need to hold a total of about $2.5T in easy-to-sell assets by 2017, which would result in a $100B shortfall if the threshold applied today.
    • Related tickers: JPM, C, BAC, WFC, GS, MS, BK, STT, ZION
    • Previously: Bank regulators to vote on new liquidity rules
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  • Sep. 3, 2014, 2:39 AM
    • Bank regulators are expected to finalize rules today that would require banks to hold capital against every asset on their books, and approve of a "liquidity-coverage ratio", which would require large banks to load up on ultra-safe assets to fund their operations for 30 days.
    • The new rules have Wall Street concerned due to the likely harm to earnings and lending restrictions, although regulators say the policies will create a safer financial system.
    • Related tickers: JPM, C, BAC, WFC, GS, MS, BK, STT, ZION
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  • Aug. 29, 2014, 3:00 AM
    • Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is filing plans to build, own and operate one of the first U.S. compressed natural gas export facilities and submitted its application to the Department of Energy in May.
    • The move is the first sign that the bank is returning to the physical commodity markets even as it sells its global oil business.
    • Morgan Stanley, along with Goldman, are the only two Wall Street banks that are allowed to own and operate infrastructure of raw materials due to their "grandfather" status for any commodities activities they engaged in before 1997.
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  • Aug. 27, 2014, 6:58 AM
    • Charles Schwab (NYSE:SCHW) has lost a $15M arbitration case against Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), ending a dispute that began in 2012.
    • Schwab accused Morgan Stanley of maliciously recruiting brokers from a San Francisco office, who then left with confidential trade secrets.
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Morgan Stanley through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides financial products and services to a diversified group of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions and individuals.