Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Morgan Stanley Investigation: Feds Looking Into Firm’s Mortgage Deals

May 12, 2010 by
Stephen Bernard, Huffington Post
Morgan Stanley shares dropped in premarket trading Wednesday following a report that the investment bank is facing an investigation into mortgage derivative deals.

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether Morgan Stanley misled investors about its role in a pair of $200 million derivatives whose performance was tied to mortgage-backed securities, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper said Morgan Stanley sometimes bet against the success of the derivatives, which were underwritten and marketed to investors by Citigroup Inc. and UBS AG.