April 18, 2018 / 12:19 PM / in a month

Morgan Stanley profit helped by 'flattering factors' that may not last: CFO

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The factors that helped Morgan Stanley’s profit soar 40 percent in the first quarter may not last through the rest of the year, Chief Financial Officer Jonathan Pruzan told Reuters on Wednesday.

The Morgan Stanley logo is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, NY, U.S., April 19, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

The Wall Street bank’s customers are now responding to geopolitical risks, trade tensions and a debate about where yields are headed, which has dampened market exuberance, he said. He also noted that the first quarter of the year tends to be the strongest for capital markets activity, which suggests profits through year-end may be less impressive.

“There are some flattering factors to the first quarter, including seasonality ... Our expectation is that the environment won’t be as conducive going forward,” said Pruzan.

Reporting by Lauren Tara LaCapra; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli

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