Goldman Sachs BDC, Inc. GS, is a specialty finance company that has elected to be regulated as a business development company. The company boasts an impressive earnings surprise history. It surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings in all the trailing four quarters. The company’s second-quarter 2018 results reflected strong Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities (FICC) Client Execution revenues, and a continued momentum in investment banking business. The key source of Goldman’s earnings stability is its business diversification. Driven by a solid capital position, Goldman has consistently enhanced shareholders’ value with steady capital deployment activities.
Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc. HLX, is an international offshore energy company that provides specialty services to the offshore energy industry. The company is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The reason for the favorable Zacks Rank lies in the recent activity regarding earnings estimates from analysts. The company has beat or met earnings estimates for twelve consecutive quarters. Recently, analysts have increased their earnings estimates for the current quarter, current year, and next year. The bullish sentiment has pushed up our Zacks Consensus Estimate from 5 cents to 12 cents for the current quarter, helping to move the current year consensus up from 15 cents to 18 cents.
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