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Uber Blame Game Focuses on Morgan Stanley After Shares Drop

  • Across Wall Street, questions arise over offering’s mechanics
  • One investor says banks hinted at chance for quick gain in IPO
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Morgan Stanley's Investors Feel Uber Sting
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Morgan Stanley nabbed the biggest U.S. initial public offering of the past five years. Now it gets to field the second-guessing after Uber Technologies Inc. tumbled 18% in its first two days of trading.

Across Wall Street, questions are flying: Why did bankers including Morgan Stanley’s suggest a $120 billion valuation last year that Uber couldn’t deliver? Did the syndicate led by the firm set the IPO’s price too aggressively? And did they steer too much stock to big investors who made hollow pledges to hold it long term?