Goldman Sachs may post third quarter loss – Citi

City A.M. Reporter
Goldman Sachs Group will likely record a loss in the third quarter, only the second quarterly loss in the Wall Street titan's history, hurt by weakness across trading and investment banking, equity market declines and wider credit spreads during the period, Citigroup said.

Citigroup analysts Keith Horowitz and Craig Singer, in a note titled "Taking One Last Whack to third quarter," said they now expect Goldman to post a loss of 65 cents a share, compared with their prior estimates of a profit of 10 cents per share.

The latest cut to Goldman's outlook by Citigroup analyst Horowitz – a five-star rated analyst according to StarMine for the accuracy of his earnings estimates on Goldman – adds to the already grim outlook that Wall Street analysts have for US banks' third-quarter results.

Analysts are estimating that financial companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index will report earnings only 3.9 per cent higher than a year earlier, instead of the 14.6 per cent increase they forecast on 1 August, according to Thomson Reuters Proprietary Research.

The first big bank to post results will be JPMorgan Chase & Co on 13 October. Goldman will report its third-quarter results on 18 October.