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As Morgan Stanley Regains Its Footing, Pressure on Its Stock Should Subside

Daniel Martins

It remained to be seen whether client sentiment and re-leveraging would pick up the pace quickly in 1Q19 following the fourth quarter jitters, if at all. With the bar set low, Morgan Stanley's revenue and earnings beat will likely serve as encouragement for investors to set aside concerns that had started to mount in the latter part of 2018, likely injecting a bit of adrenaline into the stock in the near term. Noteworthy this quarter was a resilient wealth management business, one of the largest and most relevant of Morgan Stanley's segments.