Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, the world’s largest brokerage, will operate with a “mid-teens” pretax margin by the first half of 2013 “irrespective of the market,” according to Greg Fleming, president of the business.
James Gorman strides across the stage of the auditorium on the top floor of Morgan Stanley’s Times Square headquarters. It’s late October, and he’s in the midst of the second investor revolt he’s been through in three years -- the first one coming during the financial upheaval of 2008.
Morgan Stanley reported profit that beat analysts’ estimates as a surprise jump in fixed-income results helped the firm post the only increase in trading revenue among the six biggest U.S. banks this year. The stock rose 3 percent in early New York trading.