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Morgan Stanley Shares Slump After Q4 Results Miss Consensus

Stock MarketsJan 17, 2019 07:25AM ET
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Investing.com – Shares in Morgan Stanley slumped in premarket trade Thursday after fourth-quarter revenue and earnings missed analysts’ estimates due to a sharp drop in bond trading revenue.

Revenues from fixed income sales and trading fell 30% from a year earlier to $564 million, far outstripping declines at its Wall Street rivals in a tough quarter on the bond markets. Morgan Stanley also posted sharp drops in fees for underwriting new issues of both stocks and bonds.

The company reported diluted earnings per share of $0.80 and adjusted earnings per share of $0.73. Analysts had forecast an EPS of $0.90.

Revenue came in at $8.5 billion, missing consensus of $9.35 billion.

“While the global environment remains uncertain, our franchise is strong and we are well positioned to pursue growth opportunities and serve our clients,” Chief Executive Officer James Gorman said in the earnings release.

At 7:23 AM ET (12:23 GMT), shares in Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) fell 3.35% to $43.00 in premarket trade. Prior to the release shares were up 1.60% at $45.20.

Morgan Stanley's performance lagged rivals in fourth quarter

On Tuesday, JPMorgan reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.98 on revenue of $26.8 billion, compared to forecasts of EPS of $2.2 on revenue of $26.9 billion.

Bank of America earnings beat analyst's expectations on Wednesday, with fourth quarter EPS of $0.7 on revenue of $22.74 billion. Investing.com analysts expected EPS of $0.63 on revenue of $22.36 billion.

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