The consensus of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters is for Q1 earnings of 78 cents a share, compared to 74 cents a year ago. Morgan Stanley hasn’t provided any profit forecasts for the quarter. Revenue should come in at $9.17 billion, up from the $8.93 billion in the same period last year.
Return on equity, a key measure of bank’s profitability, will also be in focus. Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) CEO, James Gorman, has set a target of lifting the firm’s ROE to at least 10 percent. 2014 ended with 8 percent, and investors will be hoping he gets there in 2015.