Morgan Stanley posts strong 1Q profit, helped by trading

Posted April 20, 2017

Morgan Stanley shares rose 2 percent in premarket trading to $42.05.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is getting prepared to post earnings results on 4/19/2017 8:30:00 AM.

01/30/2017 - Morgan Stanley had its "buy" rating reiterated by analysts at Instinet. They set a "neutral" rating and a $46.00 price target for the company. It closed Tuesday at $41.21, in a 52-week range of $23.11 to $47.33.

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) reported first-quarter profit of $1.93 billion. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

CMC Markets analyst Colin Cieszynski said: "Action in USA stocks moving deeper into earnings season indicates that traders appear to be more in punishing those who fail to meet inflated expectations and taking profits against positive news, than in adding to positions".

"At the end of the first quarter, some of the clouds that were far off into the distance are becoming closer into view", he said.

The New York City-based financial services giant reported Q1 earnings per share (EPS) of $1.00, which was $0.10 better than the Wall Street consensus estimate of $0.90.

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Still, the past few months have been challenging in other Morgan Stanley core businesses.

Best time to invest in stock market is when things are on odd side, and it's not easy how to pick stocks. Elections in Europe and Britain's progress in leaving the European Union also spurred trading.Morgan Stanley hit a key milestone on a profitability metric - return on equity. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.55 EPS. Net revenue increased 25% to $9.75 billion, also surpassing estimates of $9.27 billion.

Morgan Stanley's (MS) witnessed a loss of -0.93% in recent trading period with closing price of $ 40.69. Macquarie reiterated an "outperform" rating on shares of Morgan Stanley in a research note on Thursday, February 16th. Analysts had expected 90 cents a share. According to, 8 analysts has covered the stock while recommending a "Moderate Buy". Those stocks plunged earlier this month after automakers reported disappointing March sales, and some investors felt that was a warning sign about spending by consumers.

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Now the P/E of Morgan Stanley stands at 14.1. The Company's segments include Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management.

The group saw first quarter profits jump 74% to 1.93 billion United States dollars (£1.5 billion) after bond sales and trading revenues in its fixed income division nearly doubled to 1.7 billion U.S. dollars (£1.3 billion) from 873 million USA dollars (£680 million) a year earlier.

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