Morgan Stanley trims Q3 commodity trading risk

Reuters

Oct 18 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley trimmed its commodity trading risk

in the third quarter from the previous quarter, the bank reported on Friday, but

held its position as the Wall Street firm with the most money at play in the

sector.

Value-at-Risk (VaR) in commodities stood at $20 million in the third

quarter, down from $24 million in the second quarter and unchanged from the

third quarter of 2012. That compares with $17 million for Goldman Sachs

and $13 million for JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Morgan Stanley, typical of Wall Street banks, groups its commodities trading

revenue under the fixed income, currency and commodities (FICC) category in its

quarterly earnings and does not break down the sector individually, often

leaving VaR as one of its key risk-reward indicators for commodities.

The bank's FICC revenues were down sharply, however, falling 44 percent to

$835 million.

Goldman Sachs on Thursday said it had "significantly lower" revenues from

commodities in the third quarter, and trimmed its VaR in the sector to $17

million from $19 million in the previous three months. JPMorgan held its VaR

unchanged at $13 million in the third quarter.

Morgan Stanley's overall third-quarter revenue jumped 50 percent, helping

adjusted earnings beat expectations, as higher income from equities sales and

trading made up for a drop in the Wall Street bank and brokerage's fixed-income

business.

------2013------ ------2012------- --2011--

Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1 Q4 Q3

* JPMorgan 13 13 15 14 13 13 21 20 15

* Goldman Sachs 17 19 21 20 22 20 26 26 25

* Morgan Stanley 20 24 20 22 22 27 27 28 32

* Bank of America n/a 14 15 15 12.5 11.9 13.1 12.1 15.7

** Citigroup C.N n/a 12 34 13 15 18 14 18 21

Note: Bank of America and Citigroup report VaR data separately in later 10-Q

filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

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