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January 15, 2013
14:21 EDTGSEarnings Preview: Analysts bullish on Goldman Sachs into Q4 results
Goldman Sachs (GS) is scheduled to report Q4 earnings before the open on Wednesday, January 16, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Goldman is an investment banking and investment management firm. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $3.78 on revenue of $7.91B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.95-$4.80 on revenue of $6.69B-$8.65B. LAST QUARTER: Goldman reported Q3 EPS of $2.85 against estimates for $2.12 on revenue of $8.35B against estimates for $7.3B. Goldmanís CEO said the companyís performance was "generally solid." The firmís investment banking revenues surged 49% versus the same period in 2011, but client services revenue only rose 3% and net revenue from equities sank 16%. The decline in equities revenue primarily reflected significantly lower commissions and fees, due to lower market volumes, and lower net revenues in equities client execution, Goldman stated. STREET RESEARCH: Seventeen Wall Street analysts have increased their estimates for Goldman in the past four weeks, as a number of analysts predict that trading and investment banking revenue accelerated significantly last quarter, Bloomberg reported. One of the firms that raised its estimates was Credit Suisse, which on January 2 hiked its Q4 EPS estimate for the bank to $4.60 from $2.50, citing a few one-time items and a strong end to the year due to the U.S. fiscal cliff debate, improved institutional client risk appetite and stable-to-higher asset prices The firm maintained a $145 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. JMP Securities also recently became more optimistic about Goldman Sachs, as the firm upgraded the shares to Market Perform from Underperform. JMP Securities upgraded Goldman along with several other capital markets firms, citing decisions by U.S. and European policymakers to "kick the can down the road" on fiscal issues. Furthermore, core equities trading by major Wall Street investment should rise 15%, while revenue from M&A activities are poised to surge 25% in 2013, JMP Securities added. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Goldman's stock has risen almost 10% to above $136, after reaching a trough of ~$114 in mid-November.
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March 2, 2015
17:08 EDTGSOverstock.com market-riggin case to proceed
Overstock.com (OSTK) announces that due to the California Supreme Court's decision last week not to review a lower appellate court ruling, relevant discovery materials gained in its long-fought battle with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Merrill Lynch (BAC) will be released to the public, and it will be proceeding to trial against Merrill Lynch. In a suit filed in 2007, Overstock.com alleged certain brokerages engaged in illegal market manipulation in a deliberate effort to manipulate Overstock.com's share prices. Over many years and millions of dollars of discovery generating millions of documents, it fashioned its case against some of the premier brokerages on Wall Street. As was previously disclosed in a filing with the SEC in December 2010, Overstock.com entered into a settlement with certain other defendants in the aggregate amount of $4.44M, the terms of which are confidential. In January 2012, a California trial court decided that relevant portions of the voluminous discovery records regarding Goldman and Merrill should be made public, but dismissed the case on narrow, technical grounds. Last week's decision by the California Supreme Court not to review the appellate court ruling means that the process for public release of information gathered through the discovery process may now proceed, and also the trial against Merrill Lynch. Overstock SVP and General Counsel Mark Griffin added, "It is unfortunate the Court has decided that, despite the substantial evidence against Goldman Sachs, due to jurisdictional grounds they cannot be made to account for it in a California courtroom. Overstock looks forward to making that evidence available to the public for review, and we can't wait to get Merrill Lynch in front of a jury, and let them decide what to do about these manipulative stock market abuses."
08:38 EDTGSGoldman cuts Singapore investment-banking team nearly a third, Bloomberg says
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06:24 EDTGSGoldman Sachs to launch messaging service for banks by July, NY Post says
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February 27, 2015
07:17 EDTGSUniversity of Chicago Booth School of Business to hold a forum
U.S. Monetary Policy Forum is being held in New York on February 27.
February 26, 2015
15:02 EDTGSFed extends capital surcharge for SiFi banks comment period to April 3
The Federal Reserve extended until April 3 the comment period for its proposed rule to implement capital surcharges for the largest, most systemically important U.S. bank holding companies. The Fed extended the comment period to allow interested persons more time to analyze the issues and prepare their comments. Originally, comments were due by March 2. The proposed rule would establish a methodology to identify whether a firm is a global systemically important banking organization and would also establish the size of a firm's risk-based capital surcharge. The proposal is designed to further strengthen the capital positions of these institutions. Large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
10:50 EDTGSNew York regulator considering cybersecurity, cash laundering controls, WSJ says
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10:35 EDTGSGoldman Sachs shakes up mergers and acquisitions group, Financial Times says
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February 25, 2015
06:36 EDTGSGoldman Sachs looking to launch energy debt investment fund, NY Times reports
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February 24, 2015
07:21 EDTGSSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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06:15 EDTGSBanks probed for possible rigging of precious metals markets, WSJ reports
Officials in the U.S. are investigating at least 10 major banks for potential rigging of precious-metals markets, sources tell The Wall Street Journal. The DOJ's antitrust unit are investigating the price-setting process for gold, silver, palladium and platinum in London, while the CFTC has begun a civil investigation, with both agencies making requests for information, including a subpoena to HSBC (HSBC) from the CFTC. According to a source, Credit Suisse (CS), JP Morgan (JPM), UBS (UBS), Societe Generale (SCGLY), Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), Barclays (BCS), Goldman Sachs (GS) and Deutsche Bank (DB) are also under investigation. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
06:52 EDTGSGoldman Sachs sees $3B in possible legal costs above reserves
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February 19, 2015
07:12 EDTGSWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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06:47 EDTGSReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
February 18, 2015
07:33 EDTGSGoldman Sachs vows legal battle with Bank of Portugal over loan, Reuters says
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07:21 EDTGSJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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