Is Goldman Sachs a Buy Post-Earnings?

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With shares of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) trading around $168, is GS an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE, or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Goldman Sachs is engaged in investment banking, securities, and investment management. It provides a range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments, and high net worth individuals. The company operates in four segments: investment banking, institutional client services, investing and lending, and investment management. Through its segments, Goldman Sachs provides valuable investment services to consumers and companies worldwide.

Goldman Sachs today reported net revenues of $9.13 billion and net earnings of $2.04 billion for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. Diluted earnings per common share were $4.10 compared with $3.70 for the second quarter of 2013 and $4.02 for the first quarter of 2014. Annualized return on average common shareholders’ equity (ROE) (1) was 10.9 percent for both the second quarter of 2014 and the first half of 2014.  “We are pleased with our results for the quarter in the context of mixed operating conditions during the period,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “This performance was driven by the diversity, strength and breadth of our global client franchise. Good client activity in Investment Banking and Investment Management as well as a better environment for our Investing & Lending activities helped offset less favorable conditions for Institutional Client Services.”

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