NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report) posted better-than-expected first-quarter results as its revenue surged at the highest rate among banks that have reported so far this earnings season.
Excluding accounting adjustments, revenue climbed 3.8% year over year to $8.8 billion, more than half of which was a product of continued strength in its institutional securities segment (responsible for services such as corporate capital raisings and restructurings).
Fixed income revenue, which has shown signs of softness at other banks, climbed 13% year over year to $1.7 billion. The New York-based bank said the strong performance reflected improvement in credit and securitized products despite lower volumes in the segment.
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