For the third quarter ended September 30, the New York bank posted earnings of $1.21 per share on revenue of $13.2 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $1.10 per share on revenue of $9.7 billion. Revenue grew 4.8% on a year-over-year basis.
Investors responded well, sending shares in Morgan Stanley nearly 3.7% higher to $44.35.
In a statement accompanying the US bank’s latest numbers, Morgan Stanley Chief Executive Officer James Gorman said: “We delivered strong quarterly earnings despite the typical summer slowdown and volatile markets.”
US banks largely beat low-key expectations in a quarter that was clouded by trade tensions and worries of an economic slowdown that forced the US Federal Reserve to cut interest rates twice.
Morgan Staley boss Gorman has helped to diversify the bank’s focus on trading and advisory businesses with his emphasis on wealth management, but the bank still has sizable Wall Street operations.
The bank’s bond-trading desks in particular, exceeded expectations, posting $1.43 billion in third-quarter revenue, a 21% increase and $320 million more than what analysts had estimated. The unit, which has historically been an underperformer, cited strong activity in credit and government bonds in the quarter.
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