4 Financial Stock Stories to Kick Off the New Trading Week

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS): Current price $27.35

Morgan Stanley Investment Management announced its Morgan Stanley Institutional Fund, Inc. Global Quality Portfolio in a company press release Monday. The portfolio is aimed at generating attractive long-term returns by investing mainly in firms that the portfolio management team characterizes as high quality.

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Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS): Current price $159.47

According to an article by New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer, Goldman Sachs employees are now being sorted by the size of their bank accounts. The investment banking firm has started restricting access to its prestigious asset management division by pushing employees with less money into accounts offered by the retail brokerage Fidelity Investments. Earlier in 2013, Goldman began mandating that employees with less than $1 million in assets at the firm pay a $3,000 yearly fee to keep their Goldman accounts open, according to a number of ex-employees.

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Credit Suisse Group AG (NYSE:CS): Current price $30.18

Credit Suisse is offering an exchange-traded note linked to 50 of Europe’s biggest firms following Barclays’s debut of a similar security less than four months ago, which has jumped to No. 6 in the United States. Both notes include “FI Enhanced Europe 50” in their names and started out tracking double the gains and losses of the STOXX Europe 50 USD (Gross Return) Index, according to prospectuses filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Both securities charge an “exposure fee” of 0.76 percent in excess of the three-month Libor. On Monday, the Credit Suisse note commenced trading under the ticker FIEU.

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Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (NYSE:KKR): Current price $19.72

The private equity investment firm will acquire Mitchell International Inc. from Aurora Capital Group. Although the firm recently affirmed the news, the exact value of the deal is not yet known. According to Bloomberg, the value of the transaction could come to roughly $1.1 billion including debt, and it should close by the fourth quarter. Mitchell is a software firm bought by Aurora in 2007 for $500 million, and it supplies information and software services to large insurance houses.

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