Morgan Stanley profit jumps 61.7 percent on trading comeback

Morgan Stanley profit jumps 61.7 percent on trading comeback

REUTERS: Morgan Stanley reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, boosted by a surge in bond trading that followed Britain’s surprise vote to leave the European Union and bouts of anxiety about monetary policy around the world.Earnings applicable to shareholders rose 61.7 percent to US$1.52 billion from US$939 million for the quarter ended Sept. 30, while earnings per shares rose to 81 cents from 48 cents.Earnings per share from continuing operations was 80 cents, far above the average analyst estimate of 63 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Adjusted revenue from sales and trading of fixed-income securities and commodities more than doubled to US$1.5 billion, boosting total revenue by 14.7 percent to US$8.91 billion. Analysts had expected revenue of US$8.17 billion.Morgan Stanley wraps up a surprisingly strong quarter for big U.S. banks. Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Morgan Stanley’s closest rival, reported a stronger-than-expected 58 percent rise in third-quarter profit on Tuesday, driven by a 34 percent rise in revenue from trading bonds, currencies and commodities.Morgan Stanley’s shares were up 0.7 percent at US$32.55 in premarket trading.”This quarter we saw record revenues in wealth management and a strong performance in our sales and trading business,” Chief Executive James Gorman said in a statement.The bank’s compensation costs rose 19.2 percent to US$4.10 billion in the quarter, while non-compensation costs fell 14.9 percent to US$2.43 billion.Morgan Stanley is in the midst of a cost-cutting program that it hopes will save US$1 billion by 2017.Revenue from wealth management, an area Gorman has been focusing on, rose 6.6 percent to US$3.88 billion, accounting for nearly 44 percent of total revenue.Equities sales and trading revenue, a traditional bright spot for the bank, rose to US$1.9 billion from US$1.8 billion.Revenue from investment banking, which includes fees from mergers and for underwriting equity and debt offerings, fell about 7 percent to US$1.23 billion.Morgan Stanley’s annualized return on average common…

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