Goldman Sachs reports earnings April 19

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Goldman Sachs (GS) is scheduled to post its first-quarter results before the market opens on April 19. Analysts forecast earnings of $2.57 per share. The stock is rallying in reaction to better than expected reports from other banks already this earnings season, but the stock remains down 11.4% on the year.

Technical Analysis

GS was recently trading at $159.73, down $59.04 from its 12-month high and $20.68 above its 12-month low. Technical indicators for GS are bearish and the stock is showing signs of a possible trend reversal. The stock has recent support above $149.50 and recent resistance below $162.30. Of the 14 analysts who cover the stock, five rate it a “strong buy”, one rates it a “buy”, seven rate it a “hold”, and one rates it a “strong sell”. The stock receives S&P Capital IQ’s 5 STARS “Strong Buy” ranking.

Analysts' Thoughts

We have seen strength return to the financial sector over the last month, and with multiple big names in the sector already posting better than expected results this earnings season, the sector should continue to build on recent gains. Citigroup (C), Wells Fargo (WFC) and JP Morgan (JPM) have all posted better than expected earnings, and the sector has rallied in response. While earnings have been better than expected, exposure in the energy sector has resulted in year over year profit drops. Low energy prices have hurt banks with loan exposure in the sector, and as long as oil prices remain weak that exposure will continue to weigh on the financials. The good news is that oil has started to recover, and so far earnings have been above expectations. I expect Goldman to follow the other major financials and post earnings in-line or slightly higher than the consensus. The consensus calls for earnings of $2.57 per share, but the street’s whisper is significantly higher at $2.81. The strong whisper number is a good indicator that results should be come in higher than the consensus, but actual results will need to be closer to the whisper number for the stock to enjoy a big post-earnings jump.

About Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (The)

Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking firm whose activities are organized into investment banking, institutional client services, investing and lending, and investment management segments. Approximately 60% of the company's net revenue is generated in the Americas, 15% in Asia, and 25% in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2008, Goldman reorganized itself as a financial holding company regulated by the Federal Reserve System.

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  • Analyst Average Recommendation:
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