Is Goldman Sachs Ready to Move Higher Post-Earnings?

With shares of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) trading around $158, 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 invaluable investment services to consumers and companies worldwide.

Goldman Sachs reported earnings recently with net revenues of $6.72 billion and net earnings of $1.52 billion for the third quarter ended September 30, 2013. “The third quarter’s results reflected a period of slow client activity,” said Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Still, we saw various signs that our clients are prepared to act on significant transactions and we believe that the firm is well positioned to help our clients accomplish their objectives. As longer term U.S. budget issues are resolved, we could see an improvement in corporate and investor sentiment that would help lay the basis for a more sustained recovery.”