NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Stanley lost $275 million in the fourth quarter on a settlement with the bond insurer MBIA, but the investment bank's loss was less than Wall Street was expecting.
The bank reported a profit of $600 million in the same period a year ago.
The loss was equivalent to 15 cents per share, less than the 43 cents per share analysts were expecting, according to financial data provider FactSet.
The bank took a charge of 59 cents per share related to a settlement with MBIA.
Revenue of $5.7 billion was down from $7.7 billion a year ago.
The bank's institutional securities unit posted a 68 percent decline in revenue. That business helps clients with services like packaging securities and trading currencies.
Morgan Stanley's stock rose 5 percent in pre-market trading.