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Stocks Tick Up After Goldman Earnings Soar, But Key Economic Indicator Shows Consumer Worries

Stocks Tick Up After Goldman Earnings Soar, But Key Economic Indicator Shows Consumer Worries

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Stocks barely budged Wednesday morning after a mixed bag of pre-market earnings results revealed that the economic recovery is still suffering from weak fundamentals.

Key Facts

As of 9:35 a.m., the Dow Jones Industrial Average had edged up .1%, while the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq ticked up .2% and .5%, respectively.

Shares of Goldman Sachs climbed 1% after the New York-based investment banking giant reported $3.5 billion in profits and a 30% surge in revenue fueled by the mid-pandemic trading boom. 

Bank of America, on the other hand, failed to impress investors, posting mixed results for the third quarter that beat analysts expectations on profits, which totaled $4.9 billion, but fell behind on revenue expectations; its shares are down nearly 3%.

Wells Fargo shares are down 3% after reporting a 56% drop in quarterly earnings due to decreased interest income in light of historically low interest rates, the firm said.

Global markets were also fairly tepid on Wednesday: As of market open, the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100 had fallen .4%, and France’s CAC 40 was virtually flat, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 ended Wednesday up just .1%.

The consumer price index for September–a key measure of inflation–came in slightly below expectations, rising .19% during the month and leading to an unchanged year-over-year rate of 1.7%.

Key Background

The Covid-19 pandemic threw the economy into a deep recession, and Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida said Wednesday morning that the U.S. economy needs another year–or maybe more–until it fully recovers. The recovery thus far has been marked by slowed job growth, layoffs that remain high and a volatile stock market that’s been rocked in recent weeks by mounting uncertainty around

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Report: Goldman Sachs in Danger of Missing 2020 Financial Targets

Report: Goldman Sachs in Danger of Missing 2020 Financial Targets

Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) might trim the fiscal goals it set for itself earlier this year due to weaker-than-expected results, according to an article published Monday by Reuters.

Citing “analysts and sources inside the bank,” the article said that the company’s ambitions to pivot its focus toward higher revenue-generating segments have been limited by the coronavirus pandemic. In the company’s Investor Day held in January, it outlined plans to lift its return on equity and reduce expenses.

The strategy sought to ramp up business both in lucrative fields in which it has experience and in relatively new corners of its operations. In the former category are activities such as wealth management, while the latter consists of businesses such as consumer loans.

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According to the article’s sources, the economic strain caused by the outbreak has severely limited the scope for its sales force to win new business. As seen at other banks and financial services companies active in lending, demand for fresh credit has weakened substantially.

Goldman has not officially commented on the article; instead, a spokesman referred to its previous announcements on its latest business strategy. Reuters’ sources did not speculate to what degree management might scale back the financial targets it set in January, or how the company might modify its strategy.

The speculation comes two days before Goldman is scheduled to release the results of its third quarter of fiscal 2020. These are to be delivered before market open on Wednesday. They will be followed immediately by a conference call to discuss them in greater detail.

On Monday, investors seemed unconcerned by the news. They traded the company’s stock up by nearly 3.2%, which comfortably exceeded the gains of the wider equities market on the day.

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Exclusive: Goldman Sachs financial targets jeopardized as pandemic slows revamp

Exclusive: Goldman Sachs financial targets jeopardized as pandemic slows revamp

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc management is considering whether to scale back financial targets set earlier this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has hindered the bank’s business model revamp, analysts and sources inside the bank told Reuters.

The ticker symbol and logo for Goldman Sachs is displayed on a screen on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Goldman unveiled plans to boost returns on equity and cut costs during its first-ever investor day in January. To reach its goals, Goldman would squeeze more revenue from existing businesses like wealth management as well as relatively new ones like consumer lending, while launching additional corporate services like cash management.

Since then, the pandemic has slammed into the economy, crippling loan demand and causing widespread unemployment. It has also prevented Goldman bankers from drumming up business with new customers the way they could before coronavirus lockdowns.

Although Goldman’s trading revenue has soared thanks to market volatility, other initiatives have stalled.

“Unless there’s a silver bullet vaccine cure, it looks like Goldman will not hit its targets,” said Viola Risk Advisors bank analyst David Hendler. “It’s behind on wealth management and it’s behind on consumer.”

A spokesman for Goldman referred Reuters to executives’ prior statements but declined to comment further.

Goldman Sachs executives have stood by their targets, stressing that the path to achieving them in the coming years would not be “linear.” They are not expected to move the goalposts on Wednesday when the bank reports third-quarter results.

Instead, the bank may change targets in January, a year after they were set, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

As it stands, Goldman pledged to produce a return on tangible common shareholders’ equity (ROTE)

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Exclusive: Goldman Sachs Financial Targets Jeopardized as Pandemic Slows Revamp | Investing News

Exclusive: Goldman Sachs Financial Targets Jeopardized as Pandemic Slows Revamp | Investing News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Goldman Sachs Group Inc management is considering whether to scale back financial targets set earlier this year, as the coronavirus pandemic has hindered the bank’s business model revamp, analysts and sources inside the bank told Reuters.

Goldman unveiled plans to boost returns on equity and cut costs during its first-ever investor day in January. To reach its goals, Goldman would squeeze more revenue from existing businesses like wealth management as well as relatively new ones like consumer lending, while launching additional corporate services like cash management.

Since then, the pandemic has slammed into the economy, crippling loan demand and causing widespread unemployment. It has also prevented Goldman bankers from drumming up business with new customers the way they could before coronavirus lockdowns.

Although Goldman’s trading revenue has soared thanks to market volatility, other initiatives have stalled.

“Unless there’s a silver bullet vaccine cure, it looks like Goldman will not hit its targets,” said Viola Risk Advisors bank analyst David Hendler. “It’s behind on wealth management and it’s behind on consumer.”

A spokesman for Goldman referred Reuters to executives’ prior statements but declined to comment further.

Goldman Sachs executives have stood by their targets, stressing that the path to achieving them in the coming years would not be “linear.” They are not expected to move the goalposts on Wednesday when the bank reports third-quarter results.

Instead, the bank may change targets in January, a year after they were set, said the sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

As it stands, Goldman pledged to produce a return on tangible common shareholders’ equity (ROTE) of more than 14% by 2023, compared with 10.6% in 2019.

The bank also outlined plans to cut expenses by $1.3 billion over that time frame, producing an efficiency ratio of 60% compared

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Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein says a wash of free money is creating ‘bubble elements,’ citing SPAC market

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein says a wash of free money is creating ‘bubble elements,’ citing SPAC market



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  • Goldman Sachs’ former CEO Lloyd Blankfein told CNBC on Thursday that a “wash of free money is clearly creating bubble elements in the markets.” 
  • The banking titan blamed low interest rates for creating free money for large investors. 
  • Blankfein also cited speculation in the growing SPAC market: “Look at SPACs and how much money  is available on the basis of somebody’s reputation as opposed to a business plan.”

Former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein told CNBC on Thursday that a “wash of free money” due to low interest rates is “clearly creating bubble elements in the markets.”

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“Given that money is kind of free, it presumably is not being allocated in a disciplined way, and so there are bubble elements to this,” Blankfein said. “Look at the credit market — people are lending to what historically would have been weak credits for very little money.”

The banking titan also referred to the SPAC market as a sign that the market is taking on much speculation lately. In this year alone, about 110 blank-check firms led by notable investors like Chamath Palihapitiya and Bill Ackman have raised over $40 billion on public markets. That’s over $26 billion more than what last year’s SPACs raised.

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“Look at SPACs and how much money  is available on the basis of somebody’s reputation as opposed to a business plan,” Blankfein said. 

The banking titan can be added to the growing list of investors voicing concerns about the speculative nature in markets. Last week, venture capitalist Bill Gurley said the stock market reminded

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