By David Henry and Lauren Tara LaCapra
(Reuters) - Major U.S. banks said on Wednesday they had reopened more than half of the branches that were closed as Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. East Coast earlier this week.
JPMorgan Chase & Co
Wells Fargo & Co
Bank of America Corp
At least 134 of the 183 Morgan Stanley
Goldman Sachs Group Inc
Goldman offices in Princeton, New Jersey, and Greenwich, Connecticut, were open for some employees, while others worked remotely. Staff in the securities division - especially those who live in Manhattan - generally came into the office, though the lack of public transportation and traffic made commutes longer than usual.
Goldman's two main buildings in the New York area, on opposite sides of the Hudson River, sustained some flooding but no serious damage from the hurricane, a representative said.
Citigroup's lower Manhattan buildings used for trading and investment banking remain closed. The company said on Tuesday night that it would update information on access to those Greenwich Street buildings later this week.
A Citigroup spokeswoman said the company is using back-up offices to continue to do business.
Bank of America's 2 and 4 World Financial Center offices in lower Manhattan were closed, but it's One Bryant Park location in Midtown was open.
(Reporting by David Henry in San Francisco, Lauren Tara LaCapra in New York and Rick Rothacker in Charlotte, North Carolina; Editing by Gary Hill, Phil Berlowitz and Leslie Gevirtz)