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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.
News For GS From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
09:37 EDTGSGoldman Sachs overtakes JPMorgan in commodities rankings, Reuters says
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March 26, 2015
08:17 EDTGSSEC Chairwoman proposes new 'dark pool' regulation, NY Post says
Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White proposed new regulation Wednesday that would require high-frequency traders to register with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and provide the agency with a daily paper trail, reports the New York Post. The Post notes that there is a 60-day comment period before any SEC rule is finalized. 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
March 24, 2015
07:45 EDTGSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
10:09 EDTGSAllstate enters accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman Sachs
Allstate (ALL) said in a filing that on March 19, the Registrant entered into an accelerated share repurchase agreement with Goldman, Sachs & Co. (GS), to purchase $500M of its outstanding common stock. The majority of the shares to be repurchased under this agreement will be received by the Registrant at the agreementís inception. It is expected that Goldman will purchase the shares that it delivers under the agreement in the market within a timeframe not to exceed three months. The final purchase price per share and number of shares to be delivered by Goldman will be determined at the conclusion of the agreement and settlement will consist of the Registrant receiving shares based on the average of the daily volume weighted average prices of the Registrantís common stock during the period of Goldman purchases. If the Registrant is required to pay a settlement amount, the Registrant may elect to settle in cash or shares of its common stock. The agreement is part of the Registrantís repurchase program totaling $3B that was announced on February 4, 2015. All of the shares acquired by the Registrant under the agreement will be placed into its treasury.
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link

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