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Morgan Stanley buys Barra

Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI), a provider of equity, fixed-income and hedge fund indexes based in New York, will acquire California-based technology company Barra within the next four months, for approximately $816.4 million, or $41.00 a share, the company says. The merged entity will provide indexes and risk management analytics. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the move, which now needs to be ratified by regulators. It also requires

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