Earnings trends are extremely important when evaluating stocks. At Wall St. Cheat Sheet, we view increasing earnings quarter-over-quarter as a simple way to gauge whether costs and the business model are stable. Then we like to analyze whether the company is outperforming peers in the sector. This is what we call the “E-Squared” investment analysis (‘E = Earnings Are Increasing Quarter-Over-Quarter’ + ‘E = Excellent Relative Performance Versus Peers and Sector’).
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Here’s your Cheat Sheet to how the top 5 mega-bank stocks rank via earnings trends:
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS): Current Price $144.45
|Revenue ($) in millions||53,580||51,670||45,970||36,790||41,660|
|Diluted EPS ($)||4.47||22.13||13.18||4.51||14.13|
Goldman Sachs has rather volatile numbers on revenue and earnings during these past five years.
Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:
|Quarter||Dec. 31, 2011||Mar. 31, 2012||Jun. 30, 2012||Sep. 30, 2012||Dec. 31, 2012|
|Revenue ($) in millions||8,016||11,800||8,592||10,140||11,130|
|Diluted EPS ($)||1.94||3.92||1.78||2.85||5.60|
The picture from the last three quarters, however, is pretty rosy. EPS numbers have leapt up and revenue has also grown nicely. We’ll keep our lens on this one for now…