Goldman Sachs crushes analysts’ estimates on strong investment banking and trading results


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David Solomon, chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs & Co., speaks during the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., on Monday, April 29, 2019.
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Goldman Sachs is scheduled to report third-quarter earnings before the opening bell Friday.

Here’s what Wall Street expects:

  • Earnings: $10.11 per share, 13% higher than a year earlier, according to Refinitiv.
  • Revenue: $11.67 billion, 8.3% higher than a year earlier.
  • Investment Banking Revenue: $2.93 billion, according to StreetAccount estimates.
  • Trading Revenue: Fixed Income: $1.97 billion, Equities: $2.08 billion,

How will Goldman Sachs weather the decline in third-quarter bond trading revenue?

That’s a key question for Goldman, where trading makes up a bigger slice of revenues than at its big bank peers.

However, CEO David Solomon has several levers to pull to offset a drop in fixed income revenue. Goldman has the world’s premier investment banking franchise, where analysts expect strong revenue from mergers and IPO activity.

Its wealth and asset management businesses should benefit from high equity values. And the firm’s consumer banking businesses have continued to grow. All that feeds into Solomon’s efforts to improve the steadiness of results at the company.

Analysts are likely to ask Solomon about the rationale for his $2.24 billion acquisition of fintech lender GreenSky. The deal is expected to close by the first quarter of 2022.

The bank said last month that CFO Stephen Scherr would step down by year-end, to be replaced by Denis Coleman, the current co-head of the firm’s Global Financing Group.

Goldman shares have climbed 47% this year, exceeding the 37% rise of the KBW Bank Index

Goldman is the last of the six biggest U.S. banks to report earnings. JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Wells Fargo all exceeded expectations for profit and revenue, helped by reserve releases and strong investment banking revenue.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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