Equities analysts expect Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) to report earnings per share of $4.90 for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have provided estimates for Goldman Sachs Group’s earnings, with the highest EPS estimate coming in at $5.00 and the lowest estimate coming in at $4.71. Goldman Sachs Group posted earnings per share of $5.08 during the same quarter last year, which would suggest a negative year over year growth rate of 3.5%. The company is scheduled to issue its next quarterly earnings report before the market opens on Wednesday, January 17th.

On average, analysts expect that Goldman Sachs Group will report full-year earnings of $18.98 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $18.82 to $19.09. For the next year, analysts forecast that the firm will post earnings of $21.11 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $20.76 to $21.67. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of analysts that that provide coverage for Goldman Sachs Group.

Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The investment management company reported $5.02 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.17 by $0.85. Goldman Sachs Group had a return on equity of 11.34% and a net margin of 26.42%. The firm had revenue of $8.33 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.59 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $4.88 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 2.0% compared to the same quarter last year.

GS has been the topic of several analyst reports. TheStreet upgraded Goldman Sachs Group from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Goldman Sachs Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $271.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 20th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Goldman Sachs Group in a research report on Monday, November 20th. Bank of America raised their target price on Goldman Sachs Group from $290.00 to $300.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. Finally, Vertical Group upgraded Goldman Sachs Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 29th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have given a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $250.89.

Shares of Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE GS) opened at $257.03 on Friday. Goldman Sachs Group has a 1 year low of $209.62 and a 1 year high of $262.14. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.82, a current ratio of 0.90 and a quick ratio of 0.90. The company has a market capitalization of $96,950.00, a P/E ratio of 13.35, a P/E/G ratio of 0.93 and a beta of 1.47.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th were issued a $0.75 dividend. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.17%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 29th. Goldman Sachs Group’s payout ratio is 15.58%.

In other news, insider David M. Solomon sold 12,707 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $237.94, for a total value of $3,023,503.58. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Vice Chairman Richard J. Gnodde sold 4,951 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $239.95, for a total value of $1,187,992.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 135,177 shares of company stock worth $32,435,160 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 2.57% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in GS. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its position in Goldman Sachs Group by 4,096.0% during the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 2,475,978 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $549,415,000 after purchasing an additional 2,416,970 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its position in Goldman Sachs Group by 47.1% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 3,602,847 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $799,472,000 after purchasing an additional 1,152,869 shares during the last quarter. Balyasny Asset Management LLC boosted its position in Goldman Sachs Group by 1,654.0% during the second quarter. Balyasny Asset Management LLC now owns 1,034,680 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $229,595,000 after purchasing an additional 975,690 shares during the last quarter. Capital World Investors boosted its position in Goldman Sachs Group by 10.5% during the second quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 7,649,583 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $1,697,442,000 after purchasing an additional 726,582 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ameriprise Financial Inc. boosted its position in Goldman Sachs Group by 21.6% during the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 2,121,193 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $470,546,000 after purchasing an additional 377,435 shares during the last quarter. 73.27% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Goldman Sachs Group

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc is an investment banking, securities and investment management company that provides a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. The Company operates in four business segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management.

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