The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) shares traded up 4.83% after UBS analyst upgraded the Goldman Sachs stock to ‘buy’ from neutral and lifted the price target to $245 from $220. Goldman Sachs is considered to be the best performing bank during the year of unprecedented challenges. Being a bank investor in 2020 has been a challenge but there is a period of relief on the way. Analysts are positive about the current growth of Goldman Sachs.
Goldman Sachs has earlier decided to make its business more efficient and profitable. The bank got benefit from the increased trading activity this year as markets have been especially volatile. But the bank management has doubt that there might be the chance that the gains in trading are not permanent. But because of its trading and underwriting activities which are its main strengths according to UBS analyst Brennan Hawken has filled the gap as it is continuously trying to become more efficient by growing newer businesses and cutting costs materialize.
Brennan Hawken further added that Goldman Sachs is currently generating the strong results which have continued in the third quarter and the potential volatility in the result of the upcoming election will make its fourth quarter more strong. Furthermore, he said: “In 2021 we anticipate the efficiency efforts from strategic plans of Goldman Sachs to begin to impact the P&L, driving down the efficiency ratio, leading to the upside to earnings forecasts.”
If we look at the Thursday’s trading session of Goldman Sachs, its share price went from a low point around $130.85 to briefly over $250.46 in the past 52 weeks, though shares have since pulled back to $195.11. It has moved up 49.11% from its 52-weeks low and moved down -22.10% from its 52-weeks high. The Goldman Sachs, Inc. market cap has remained high, hitting $67.12 at the time of writing.
Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon has revealed that he spent most of his time in the office at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic. He revealed that he didn’t make a random decision after waking up that today he is going to spend the whole day in the office. He said: “It is the right message that the captain was kind of hands-on the wheel of the ship.”
GS has announced that it has decided to extend a 400 million reais ($72.61 million) credit line to finance e-commerce firm MercadoLibre in giving loans to small and mid-sized companies in Brazil. The bank revealed that the credit line is one of the biggest it has offered to small startups in Brazil. Earlier year, GS extended a $125 million loan to MercadoLibre in Mexico.
GS is scheduled to share third-quarter earnings next month, which will certainly give investors new information to digest. But Hawken is looking forward to seeing the bank’s fourth-quarter earnings call early next year. Analysts believe that this is the right time to buy the stock of Goldman Sachs.