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Morgan Stanley beats estimates on record investment banking and asset management results
* Here are the numbers: Earnings of $1.98 a share vs the $1.68 a share estimate of analysts surveyed Refinitiv.
* Revenue: $14.75 billion vs. the $14 billion estimate.
* Shares of the bank rose 1.5%.

Hugh Son

Morgan Stanley on Thursday topped expectations for third-quarter profit and revenue as the firm posted record results in investment banking and asset management.

Here are the numbers:

Earnings: $1.98 a share vs the $1.68 a share estimate of analysts surveyed Refinitiv
Revenue: $14.75 billion vs. the $14 billion estimate
Revenue and net income jumped more than 25% from a year ago, aided by CEO James Gorman’s acquisitions of E-Trade and Eaton Vance, which bulked up the firms’ wealth and asset management divisions. Shares of the bank rose 1.5%.

“The Firm delivered another very strong quarter, with robust revenues and improved efficiency,” Gorman said in the release. “We had standout performance of our integrated investment bank and record net new assets of $135 billion in wealth management.”

While rival banks have reported a slowdown in third-quarter fixed income trading revenue, Morgan Stanley’s strength has traditionally been in its equities franchise, the biggest in the world.

Equities trading revenue jumped 24% from a year earlier to $2.88 billion, topping the StreetAccount estimate by more than $500 million. Fixed income revenue dropped 16% to $1.64 billion, edging out the $1.53 billion estimate.

Another area that has flourished is investment banking, propelled by robust mergers and IPO activity, and Morgan Stanley is a top player there as well. Rival advisor JPMorgan Chase posted record investment banking fees in the third quarter.

Morgan Stanley’s investment banking franchise delivered in the quarter, posting a 67% increase in revenue to a record $2.85 billion, exceeding the StreetAccount estimate by more than $600 million, helped by strong mergers advisory fees.

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