Morgan Stanley quarterly profit more than doubles

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Posted: Jul 17, 2014 10:44 AM
Morgan Stanley quarterly profit more than doubles

NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley said Thursday its quarterly profit more than doubled, thanks to strong performances from its investment banking and money-management units.

The results beat analysts' estimates and drove the investment bank's stock up in early trading.

Second-quarter net income jumped to $1.88 billion from $900 million a year earlier, after excluding an accounting adjustment. On a per-share basis, Morgan Stanley's quarterly earnings were 91 cents, easily beating the average prediction of 55 cents from analysts polled by FactSet.

Wall Street's banks were expected to turn in weak results this earnings season. Markets have turned relatively calm this year and trading activity has dried up, creating a tough environment for traders to make money.

Much as predicted, Morgan Stanley said revenue from trading stocks, bonds and commodities sank 13 percent in the second quarter. But like Goldman Sachs and other big banks that reported results this week, the bank offset that drop with stronger results from helping companies raise money and arranging initial public offerings, known as IPOs. Investment banking revenue in the quarter increased 25 percent over the previous year.

That increase, along with a 9 percent rise in revenue from asset management, helped the bank overcome its weaker trading performance. The amount of money managed for wealthy people and other clients topped $2 trillion.

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Total revenue for the second quarter increased 2.2 percent to $8.52 billion, slightly higher than the $8.22 billion analysts had expected, according to FactSet.

Morgan Stanley's stock rose 35 cents, or 1.1 percent, to $32.85 in late morning trading Thursday. The bank has lagged behind the broader market this year, gaining 4.7 percent. The Standard & Poor's 500 index, the most widely used stock-market benchmark, has climbed 7 percent.