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Morgan Stanley seen weighing possible merger

US investment bank Morgan Stanley is weighing whether it should remain independent or merge with a bank, given the recent turbulence in the company’s share price, broadcaster CNBC reported on Wednesday.

Morgan Stanley officials were not in merger talks as of late Tuesday, CNBC said, citing unnamed people close to the matter. “But senior people at Morgan concede that further zig-zags in the company’s stock price could and possibly will force the company to change course and seek a merger partner, probably a well capitalized bank,” CNBC reported on its Website.

Morgan Stanley shares closed down 10.8% at $28.70 on Tuesday, having fallen 46% so far this year. Morgan Stanley officials in Hong Kong declined to comment on the report.

In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Morgan Stanley’s Chief Financial Officer Colm Kelleher said the No. 2 US investment bank remains confident in its broker-dealer model and dismissed the need to merge with a deposit-taking bank, even as he maintained a cautious stance about the markets. (Reuters)