Goldman Sachs (GS), last of bank heavyweights to release their first-quarter (Q1) 2016 earnings, reported a 55 percent fall in diluted earnings per share ($2.71) compared to the first quarter of last year ($6.05).
Net revenues dropped 40%, primarily due to a sharp 53% fall in Market Making and a 23% fall in Investment Banking. A 29% cut in non-interest expenses was insufficient to compensate.
Basel III Tier 1 Capital (CET1) decreased slightly to 12.2% (Q1 2015: 12.4%) of risk-weighted assets, while Leverage (SLR) improved to 6.0% (Q1 2015: 5.9%).
The dividend was held at 65 cents (Q1 2015: 65 cents), increasing the payout ratio to a still modest 18%.
We have had six heavyweights, JPM, BAC, WFC, C, MS and GS all report declining earnings per share. Most had cut non-interest expenses but insufficient to compensate for falling revenues and rising provisions for credit losses. The results reflect a tough environment.
GS is in a primary down-trend, having broken primary support at $170. Long-term Momentum below zero confirms. Expect a rally to test resistance and the descending trendline at $170 to $175 but respect is likely and would warn of another test of primary support at $140. Breach would offer a target of $110*.
* Target calculation: 140 – ( 170 – 140 ) = 110