More pain at Morgan Stanley, whose stock is trading down in the $10s this morning.
AP: Credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service late Thursday placed the long-term debt ratings of Morgan Stanley on review for a possible downgrade.
Morgan Stanley currently carries a senior debt rating of “A1,” which is considered investment grade.
The review is based on an expected downturn in global capital markets activity, which will reduce Morgan Stanley’s revenue and profit in 2009 and possibly beyond, Moody’s said in a statement.Morgan Stanley will also need to adjust its operations to operate as a bank holding company, which could limit profit opportunities in the future, Moody’s said. But, the ratings agency noted that Morgan Stanley’s risk profile could also be reduced by the change in structure, which would be a positive change.
So thanks to Moody’s for giving us a warning, though somehow we already sensed something might be up.