GS - The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
201.12
-1.35 (-0.67%)
At close: 4:01PM EDT

200.80 -0.32 (-0.16%)
After hours: 7:55PM EDT

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Previous Close202.47
Open204.88
Bid200.80 x 800
Ask201.00 x 1100
Day's Range200.78 - 206.45
52 Week Range151.70 - 266.49
Volume3,238,742
Avg. Volume3,591,961
Market Cap74.066B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.16
PE Ratio (TTM)7.96
EPS (TTM)25.27
Earnings DateApr 15, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield3.20 (1.61%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-02-27
1y Target Est230.55
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  • Argus Downgrades Boeing on Poor Response to Two 737 MAX Crashes
    Market Realist5 hours ago

    Argus Downgrades Boeing on Poor Response to Two 737 MAX Crashes

    The 737 MAX’s Growing Risk Prompts Argus to Downgrade BoeingBoeing gets downgraded Boeing (BA) lost a long-term bullish backer today, with Argus Research downgrading its rating for the stock to “hold” from “buy,” citing the plane

  • 5 Dow Jones Stocks Coming to Life
    InvestorPlace7 hours ago

    5 Dow Jones Stocks Coming to Life

    U.S. equities are pushing higher on Tuesday as traders await the start of another two-day Federal Reserve policy meeting. A dovish outcome is expected, with the "dot plot" expected to come down to reflect only a single rate hike in 2019 and another single hike in 2020.The bulls are feeling confident, once again pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average up and over the 26,000 level for the fourth time since prices peaked back in October 2018. Will this rally in Dow Jones stocks have staying power?It looks that way, with global central banks doing all they can to paper over the volatility suffered late last year. With inflation at bay, they don't have much reason to play the tough cop act the market hates so much.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Bull Market's Anniversary With that in mind, here are five Dow Jones stocks that have lagged the market's rise -- and will be critical in helping push the Dow definitively past the 26,000 threshold. Boeing (BA) Click to EnlargeBoeing (NYSE:BA) shares have stabilized after hitting major turbulence in connection to the two fatal crashes of 787 MAX aircraft because of what looks like a design flaw connected to an anti-stall system. Boeing, under competitive pressure, reportedly buried details of the system's operation to avoid airlines retraining pilots. Shares were recently downgraded from buy to hold by analysts at Argus. But the worst looks to be over for the company, which will have to pay to make it right before getting back to its massive list of backorders.The company will next report results on May 1 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $4.25 per share on revenues of $25 billion. When the company last reported on Jan. 30, earnings of $5.48 beat estimates by 93 cents on a 14.4% rise in revenues. Caterpillar (CAT) Click to EnlargeCaterpillar (NYSE:CAT) shares are on the move, pushing off of uptrend channel support going back to late October. The bulls are shaking off a double downgrade day from late February when analysts at UBS cut all the way from buy to sell on worries about revenue and margin pressure in 2020. Instead, nascent hope of a manufacturing and construction turnaround are bolstering prices. * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 The company will next report results on April 29 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.86 per share on revenues of $13.5 billion. When the company last reported on Jan. 28, earnings of $2.55 missed estimates by 44 cents on a 11.2% rise in revenues. DowDuPont (DWDP) Click to EnlargeDowDuPont (NYSE:DWDP) shares are coiling up within the confines of a consolidation range going back to October, rising off of its 50-day and 20-day moving averages in what looks like the beginning of an upside breakout. The company announced this week that a broker-dealer has been selected to implement a $3 billion share buyback following the separation of its Dow subsidiary from DowDuPont.The company will next report results on May 2 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of 93 cents per share on revenues of $20 billion. When the company last reported on Jan. 31, earnings of 88 cents per share beat estimates by a penny on a 0.2% rise in revenues. Goldman Sachs (GS) Click to EnlargeShares of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) are emerging from a three-month consolidation range, pushing towards its 200-day moving average in what looks like a possible end to a downtrend that traces back to early 2018. Investors are getting excited about reports the company is looking to launch a new credit card product in collaboration with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) as well as general stabilization in the capital markets, which is resulting in a reopening of the IPO window with Lyft. * 7 Invincible Stocks Leading The Bull Market Higher The company will next report results on April 17 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $5.7 per share on revenues of $9.3 billion. When the company last reported on Jan. 16, earnings of $6.04 beat estimates by $1.26 on a 0.5% drop in revenues. Home Depot (HD) Click to EnlargeWith the peak home-buying season about to arrive, hopes of a turnaround in home prices (which have been sagging nationally lately) are raising, and thus, home improvement demand is expected to increase. Home Depot (NYSE:HD) shares have been consolidating since October but look ready for another breakout attempt above its 200-day moving average. A couple of analyst downgrades in recent weeks, including from Telsey Advisory Group, hasn't dampened investors' spirits.The company will next report results on May 28 before the bell. Analysts are looking for earnings of $2.20 per share on revenues of $26.5 billion. When the company last reported on Feb. 26, earnings of $2.25 per share beat estimates by 9 cents on a 10.9% rise in revenues.As of this writing, William Roth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Financial Stocks to Invest In Today * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 5 Chip Stocks on the Rise Compare Brokers The post 5 Dow Jones Stocks Coming to Life appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • China Might Exclude Boeing’s 737 MAX from the Trade Deal
    Market Realist10 hours ago

    China Might Exclude Boeing’s 737 MAX from the Trade Deal

    China Might Exclude Boeing’s 737 MAX from the Trade DealChina might not buy Boeing’s jets In another setback for Boeing (BA), China might not buy the company’s 737 MAX jets as part of its trade negotiations with the US, according

  • Goldman Sachs bolsters asset management business with S&P deal
    American City Business Journals10 hours ago

    Goldman Sachs bolsters asset management business with S&P deal

    The deal is expected to help the bank address the evolving needs of financial intermediaries and institutional clients.

  • Goldman Sachs to Acquire S&P's Investment Advisory Services
    Zacks10 hours ago

    Goldman Sachs to Acquire S&P's Investment Advisory Services

    Despite intense competition among ETFs service providers, Goldman's (GS) acquisition of S&P's Investment Advisory Services will help boost revenues.

  • 6 Stocks to Gain With Fed Set to Keep Rates Unchanged
    Zacks10 hours ago

    6 Stocks to Gain With Fed Set to Keep Rates Unchanged

    The Fed is expected to reduce expectations for future rate hikes and announce when and how it plans to end balance sheet reductions.

  • 3 Video Game Stocks With Superb Growth Potential
    Zacks12 hours ago

    3 Video Game Stocks With Superb Growth Potential

    Esports, mobile gaming, subscription models, streaming services and significant penetration into the Chinese market will act as catalysts for gaming stocks over the long haul.

  • Boeing: Investigation Focuses on the FAA’s Approval Process
    Market Realist13 hours ago

    Boeing: Investigation Focuses on the FAA’s Approval Process

    Boeing: Investigation Focuses on the FAA's Approval ProcessFAA’s approval process  Boeing (BA) shares fell again on March 18 following reports that the 737 MAX investigation has reached the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). Citing a report

  • Investing.com16 hours ago

    Stocks - Wall Street Rises Ahead of Fed Decision

    The Dow rose 129 points or 0.5% by 9:41 AM ET (13:41 GMT) while the S&P; 500 gained 10 points or 0.4% and tech-heavy Nasdaq composite was up 23 points or 0.3%.

  • German lawmakers challenge deputy finance minister's Goldman link in bank merger
    Reuters16 hours ago

    German lawmakers challenge deputy finance minister's Goldman link in bank merger

    BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German lawmakers on Monday criticized deputy finance minister Joerg Kukies and Goldman Sachs, alleging a conflict of interest in the U.S. investment bank advising state-backed Commerzbank on a possible merger with Deutsche Bank. Kukies, who was formerly co-head of Goldman Sachs (GS.N) in Germany, left the Wall Street firm a year ago to become deputy German finance minister. Kukies has since advocated a merger between Commerzbank (CBKG.DE) and Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE), which unions warn could mean up to 30,000 job cuts, people familiar with the matter say.

  • Goldman Sachs plan aims to improve diversity
    American City Business Journalsyesterday

    Goldman Sachs plan aims to improve diversity

    The goal, CEO David Solomon said, is to make sure that half of all new analysts and entry-level associates are female.

  • Reutersyesterday

    Goldman Sachs sets targets for Hispanic and black entry-level hires

    The Wall Street bank, which last year said it wanted women to make up half of its entry-level workforce, now is aiming to ensure that 14 percent of new analysts and associates in the Americas are Hispanic or Latino and 11 percent of them black, according to the memo, which was seen by Reuters. In Britain, Goldman Sachs wants 9 percent of its entry-level workforce to be black. Goldman Sachs said in the memo it is “nearly there” with the targets it announced last year for campus hiring, and is exploring ways to increase the portion of staff who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, disabled or veterans.

  • Bloombergyesterday

    Goldman Agrees to Buy S&P's Portfolio Unit to Boost ETF Sales

    The acquisition of Standard & Poor’s Investment Advisory Services LLC gives the New York-based bank another vehicle to bring its funds to investors through the creation of model portfolios -- ready-made packages of ETFs that its asset-management arm will oversee. Goldman currently offers 18 ETFs, which together manage about $11.6 billion or less than 1 percent of the $3.8 trillion market. “We see it as a big opportunity for our ETF platform,” Michael Crinieri, Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s head of ETF strategy, said in a phone interview.

  • 5 Top Stock Trades for Tuesday: Facebook, Tilray, Overstock
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    5 Top Stock Trades for Tuesday: Facebook, Tilray, Overstock

    Stocks started off with a bang on Monday morning. However, the morning gap up quickly faded, with the S&P 500 slowly chopping higher in the afternoon. After big gains last week, bulls are showing some hesitancy ahead of the Federal Reserve's announcement later this week. Let's get a look at what's moving the market in this week's early top stocks trades piece.We won't put too much time on the financials like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), but all are moving nicely on Monday. They are breaking out of the bases we highlighted last week and if they continue higher, it's hard to be too bearish on the market. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 1: TilrayInvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsShares of Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) will be in focus when the company reports earnings after the close on Monday. The stock has been stuck in quite the downtrend, although InvestorPlace readers did capture a nice breakout in January. * 3 Earnings Reports to Watch Next Week Anyway, shares are now trending lower, sitting on a notable level of support near $70. With a 25% short-interest as of February 28, this one is sure to be a big mover. The question is, will we see a breakdown or a breakout in TLRY?I don't like guessing ahead of time and would prefer to react to the move instead. A break below $65 would send Tilray to levels it hasn't seen since August while a breakout over $78 could catapult the stock up to $100. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 2: FacebookWhile Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is breaking out in unsurprising fashion, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has been pulling back. Shares are down $15 or 8.5% in hurry, as they now rest on the 50-day moving average.For bulls who believe in more upside, this gives them a low-risk long entry. There's no reason to overthink this one. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 3: OverstockI don't personally like this stock too much, as its volatility is simply way too high for me. However, a number of other investors like Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) both from the long side and the short side.Although down 4.5% on Monday following less-than-inspiring earnings, bulls have done a good job salvaging this one. To stay long, they need OSTK to maintain the 50-day. Below it and $18 becomes the "must hold" level. So far, the 20-day moving average is acting as resistance.Below Monday's lows and OSTK is in trouble. Over $22 and OSTK can see the 200-day. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 4: SynapticsOuch. that's the only word that comes to mind with Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA), down 22% and hitting new 52-week lows.The stock blew through vital support near $35 and failed to hold its November lows near $34. Unless this one's back over $35, it's a no-touch for me. Let's give it a few days to play out before considering it. Top Stock Trades for Tomorrow 5: AT&TAT&T (NYSE:T) is one we've highlighted a few times thanks to its attractive and sustainable dividend yield. The name has been more volatile than usual over the past few months but is trying to get some traction to the upside.Shares are now over all three major moving averages, and if it can push through $31, T could trigger a larger breakout. Even a bounce into the low-$30s would represent an attractive return when coupled with the still-elevated 6.65% dividend yield. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade Below $30 and the bulls lose some luster, technically speaking. But fundamental and income investors would love to scoop this name up at $29.Bret Kenwell is the manager and author of Future Blue Chips and is on Twitter @BretKenwell. As of this writing, Bret Kenwell is long T and BAC. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post 5 Top Stock Trades for Tuesday: Facebook, Tilray, Overstock appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • The Wall Street Journalyesterday

    [$$] Goldman Sachs Implements Its Own 'Rooney Rule' in Diversity Push

    The requirement is Wall Street’s version of the “Rooney Rule,” which requires National Football League teams to interview a minority candidate for head coaching jobs, and is part of new diversity targets Goldman rolled out Monday that include hiring more black and Hispanic employees. The elite colleges that feed Wall Street’s recruiting machine are now equally divided between men and women. Goldman doesn’t have a network of retail branches where employees tend to be more diverse and reflect their surrounding communities. And like all banks, it is adding engineers by the wagonload, an industry where women and some minority groups are less easily found.

  • Reutersyesterday

    Top Wall Street banks working on Deutsche-Commerzbank merger: sources

    Goldman Sachs and Citi are helping Germany's two biggest lenders work on their potential $28 billion-plus merger, people close to the matter said on Monday. Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank confirmed on Sunday they are in tie-up talks following months of pressure from Berlin, which has pushed for a deal amid concerns about the health of Deutsche Bank. Commerzbank is working with Goldman Sachs and Rothschild, as well as with law firm Hengeler Mueller, people close to the matter said on Monday.

  • 7 Financial Stocks to Invest In Today
    InvestorPlaceyesterday

    7 Financial Stocks to Invest In Today

    The Federal Reserve rate hike in 2018 created a positive environment for investors in the financial sector and it has boosted financial stocks. The higher the interest rate, the wider the rate spread and the bigger the profit margin for banks and credit card companies.U.S. financials, especially Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE:C), for the most part, started their rally in 2016, when rates were close to the bottom. Since then, they climbed higher.With the easy money already made and rate hikes slowing in 2019, investors may want to look outside of the U.S. and in the European markets for financial stocks to buy. Uncertainties from the Brexit vote are artificially capping the valuations of various British banks. Even after Citi and Bank of America reinstated their dividends, various European banks pay a dividend yield that is twice their levels.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 There are five U.S. banks and two European banks investors should consider buying. JPMorgan (JPM)Source: Shutterstock JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) is trading in between its low and high for the year at around $105. The stock is valued at 11.7 times earnings and has a dividend yield of 3%. The beauty of JPMorgan's business model is that its operating model positions the firm to outperform in any environment. It attributes the resilient business model to its customer focus at the franchise level, strong balance sheet and general discipline and cost controls.In 2018, thanks to record revenue of $111.5 billion and net income of $32.5 billion, JPMorgan earned $9 a share as return on average tangible common shareholders' equity rose to 17%. The firm stands out against its peers on these metrics. Revenue and the 10-year CAGR earnings-per-share growth is higher than that of Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Bank of America, Citi and Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC).Net interest income growth is a key baseline growth factor for JPMorgan's bottom line. In 2019, it expects net interest income from CIB markets to top $58 billion. This is up from $45 billion in 2015.Current Quarter Highlights: In its Q4 conference call, management said that the current Q1 period will benefit from the normal seasonal strength. It will also include a $500 million accounting write-off when it reports results on April 16. For 2019, as boring as it is, net interest income will go up over last year. Investors will have nothing to complain about as the bank strives to acquire new accounts while offering value, simplicity and compelling products to its customers. Lloyds Banking Group (LYG)Source: Via WikimediaSince falling to a yearly low at $2.43 at the start of the year, Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE:LYG) recently traded at $3.40. Lloyds reported strong full-year results on Feb. 20. It also announced a dividend increase and a $2 billion share buyback. Markets appreciated those kinds of shareholder-friendly moves. With the stock's uptrend in place, investors could start a position in the U.K. bank despite Brexit worries and still do well.Full-Year Highlights: Lloyds reported revenue falling 35.5%, but will still increase its dividend by 5% of 2017 levels. Its share buyback of £1.75 billion will represent a total capital return of up to £4 billion. Net income rose a modest 2%, while its net interest margin rose to 2.93%. The bank cut its costs, with its cost-to-income ratio coming in at 49.3%.Lloyds said its credit quality remained strong and saw no deterioration in credit risk. Its gross asset quality ratio is stable and comparable to both the 2016 and 2017 levels. * The 10 Best Stocks to Buy for the Bull Market's Anniversary Improving Operational Efficiency: Lloyds forecast strong underlying profits and a return on tangible equity of 14% to 15% in 2019. The resilient net interest margin of 2.9% this year complements the falling operating costs in the next two years. The bank's £8 billion costs in 2019 are a year ahead of its original target. And the cost-to-income ratio will still fall to the low 40's at the end of 2020. Citigroup (C)Source: Shutterstock Citigroup is at around $10 below its $75 52-week high. In the fourth quarter report posted on Jan. 14, the company highlighted its expense discipline while continuing its investments across the franchise. Shareholders may expect RoTCE to improve. Last year's RoTCE came in at 10.9%, above its 10.5% target.Fourth-Quarter Highlights: Citi reported revenue dipping by 2% to $17.1 billion. This dip was assisted by a 4% drop in operating expenses; EPS grew 26% to $1.61. The bank also reduced its average diluted shares by 8%.The bank forecast some headwinds in the first quarter. Equities and Fixed Income Markets revenue will fall in the high single digits. Slower corporate banking activity in the period hampered results. And a government shutdown may have weakened the business, especially mergers and acquisitions.Still, with the bank seeing expenses falling over last year's levels and no temporary government shutdowns ahead, Citi's business should be stable this year.Outlook: Mexico gave Citi's results a good lift in 2018. That momentum will continue this year. Asia is another area of strength. In the second half of this year, its branded card business will perform well due to earlier investments and promotional programs that converted average interest earnings balances.Overall, its discipline in driving higher efficiency will bring productivity benefits and savings that will add $500 - $600 million in savings for Citi in 2019. Savings will continue into 2020. With that level of expense management, Citi stock should perform well over the next two years. Wells Fargo (WFC)Source: Shutterstock Wells Fargo has a reputation problem to contend with that is hurting its stock price. Investors haven't forgotten about the credit card scandal. Add CEO Sloan's compensation package for the year and investors will wonder if the stock may perform well this year.In January, the company launched a marketing campaign to clean up its image. This followed a fourth-quarter report where revenue slipped 4.9% to $20.98 billion but GAAP EPS of $1.21 beat consensus estimates.2018 Highlights: Wells beefed up its risk management division by hiring a new Chief Risk Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Regulatory Relations and Chief Operational Risk Officer. It spent $1.8 billion in technology and bought cyber, data and risk management solutions.Wells Fargo reported a few weak numbers in Q4. Auto loans balances fell by $1 billion sequentially. As it focuses on higher quality auto loans, this portfolio should start growing by the middle of this year. Average deposits fell $42.7 billion, hurt by lower wholesale banking deposits and customers moving cash to higher rate alternatives.Cost Cuts: The bank cut expenses by $424 million (down 3%) from the third quarter, thanks to lower compensation levels. On a year-over-year basis, costs fell $3.5 billion as the company limited spending on advertising and promotion, travel and entertainment and outside professional services. * 7 Financial ETFs to Buy For 2019, the Fed's rate hike pause will not hurt Wells Fargo's loan growth and deposit growth. Loans grew in Q4 and have the momentum to continue doing so. That alone should give WFC stock some support at these levels. Banco Santander (SAN)Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)Banco Santander S.A. (NYSE:SAN) is range-bound because the markets are waiting on the Brexit to play out. The British government approved a Brexit delay but rejected a second referendum. With the Brexit temporary off the table, investors are cautiously accumulating SAN stock. The stock's forward price-to-earnings rato 9.5X and the dividend yield of around 5.4% are compelling for value investors seeking income. And after the stock broke down in August 2018, $5 appears to be the resistance level for the stock.Banco Santander's Fourth-Quarter Results: In its Q4 report, the bank reported gross income of €12.5 billion while profits grew 34% to €2.02 billion. For the full-year 2018, revenue grew to €48.4 billion, up 9% from the previous year. Profits increased 18% Y/Y to €8.06 billion. Banco Santander benefited from customer revenue growth in Brazil, Spain, Mexico and the U.S.Like its U.S. counterparts, Santander is growing out its digital services. Customers using these services increased by 6.6 million, adding to its 32 million users. Nearly half of its customers now actively use digital services on a regular basis.Its loan portfolio is healthy. The NPL (non-performing loan) ratio is 3.73%. Its Openbank grew its mortgage balance by 373% after its first full year of mortgage sales.Europe made up 52% of Santander's profits, with the U.K. accounting for just 13%. The Americas (includes Brazil, Mexico, and the U.S.) comprised 48% of the profit total.Strong Three-Year Performance: Santander's 2015-2018 performance does not reflect in its share price, which fell in that time. Its customer count grew from 13.8 million to 19.9 million. EPS grew 11.2%, while RoTE rose to 11.7%, up from 10% in 2015. At this juncture, SAN stock is poised to break out above the $5. It still needs clearer, ECB-friendly policies to draw investors. The Brexit's resolution would also help persuade buyers to accumulate the stock. Visa (V)Source: Kārlis Dambrāns via FlickrCredit card transactions continue to make plenty of fee income for Visa (NYSE:V). As consumer spending, both online and offline, grows, Visa becomes more attractive to investors. Visa has three big lines of revenue: service fees, international revenue and transaction fees. Whenever markets selloff and take V stock down with it, those selling the stock forget how big Visa's business has become. The size of its transactions processing business and domestic business is big and both keep getting bigger.Challenges for Visa: Europe is a long-term opportunity for Visa's international market growth. In the near-term, it needs to adjust to the regulatory changes going on there. Fortunately, Visa adjusted its business in the last 12 months as it took a better understanding of Europe's diverse market to adjust its business accordingly. For example, card penetration is around 90% in places like Sweden but is in the low 30% range in the Southern and Eastern areas of Europe.2019 First-Quarter Highlights: Visa's payments volumes grew 7% in the Q1/2019 period, to $2.2 billion. Total transactions grew 11% YoY to 49.96 billion with a credit/debit mix of 34% and 66%, respectively. Revenue grew a solid 13% to 6.96 billion. * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside Visa stock trades at a P/E of 33.4X as its shares closed at 52-week highs. Investors may want the stock to pull back before starting a position. Mastercard (MA)Source: Hakan Dahlstrom via Flickr (Modified)Like Visa, Mastercard (NYSE:MA) is trading at 52-week highs, and for a good reason. It has a moat in the transaction and payments business and leverages its relationship with over 30,000 banks worldwide. Its growth potential comes from advancing its real-time payment system, which would significantly increase its growth.Mastercard provides real-time payment systems but needs to increase its presence in the current marketplace. PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) and Square (NYSE:SQ) command high valuations because investors know the real-time, electronic payment processing market is growing.Mastercard can build on its relationship with its over 30,000 banks whose customers need ACH real-time payments and cross-border transactions. As markets upgrade those real-time payment systems in the next decade, Mastercard is positioned in the major markets to play a big role in the modernized payment ecosystem.Now that MA stock is at yearly highs, there is no perfect time to pick an entry point. Value investors may shy away from this stock, but MA stock is valued below that of Square or PayPal stock.As of this writing, Chris Lau did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post 7 Financial Stocks to Invest In Today appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Stocks Quiet, But Apple Up Again; These 3 Stock Market Leaders Keep Rising
    Investor's Business Dailyyesterday

    Stocks Quiet, But Apple Up Again; These 3 Stock Market Leaders Keep Rising

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq composite are catching their breath after strong gains last week. Apple is still in a new base.

  • Reutersyesterday

    Top Wall Street banks working on Deutsche-Commerzbank merger - sources

    Goldman Sachs and Citi are helping Germany's two biggest lenders work on their potential $28 billion-plus merger, people close to the matter said on Monday. Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank confirmed on Sunday they are in tie-up talks following months of pressure from Berlin, which has pushed for a deal amid concerns about the health of Deutsche Bank. Commerzbank is working with Goldman Sachs and Rothschild, as well as with law firm Hengeler Mueller, people close to the matter said on Monday.

  • Barrons.comyesterday

    Goldman Sachs Acquires S&P’s Model Portfolio Business

    The purchase will scale distribution for Goldman’s ETFs and underscores the growing importance of model portfolios to financial advisors.

  • Tilray Stock Mania Holds Its Breath as Earnings Approach
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    Tilray Stock Mania Holds Its Breath as Earnings Approach

    The social stigma against marijuana continues to slowly dissipate.Source: Shutterstock A construction worker's pick-up truck passed me twice during a recent walk, apparently looking for a job site, the smell of marijuana smoke redolent in the air. It's still illegal to smoke in Georgia, but that doesn't mean the illegal market isn't operating …But what about the legal market?InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsStock in Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), the Canadian pot company, now sits finely poised between earnings due on today after the bell and a shortage of stock to short.Tilray stock is expected to lose 12 cents per share on revenue of $14.15 million. (Earnings Whispers puts the numbers for earnings and revenue at -15 cents and $17.69mm, respectively.) But that may be less important to speculators than Tilray's efforts to create credibility with the marijuana and general investor communities. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade Consider the following: Tilray has appointed Andrew Pucher, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), as chief corporate development officer.Pucher joins a team that now includes former executives from Nestle (OTCMKTS:NSRGY), Diageo (NYSE:DEO), Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) and Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX). Further, Tilray has a partnership with Novartis (NYSE:NVS), a joint venture with Anheuser-Busch InBev (NYSE:BUD) and a production agreement with the privately-held Authentic Brands Group.Finally, Tilray last week announced a deal to buy Manitoba Harvest from Compass Group (NYSE:CODI) for about $315 million.With all this corporate star power and deal-making, you would think Tilray would be a major pot producer. What About the Product?What product?Tilray sold no marijuana during the first two weeks after Canada legalized it in October. CEO Brendan Kennedy insisted that this will have changed by this quarter, while simultaneously announcing he bought producer Natura Naturals for $26.3 million. If all this is leaving you skeptical about the company, you're not alone …Tilray short interest recently stood at 4 million shares, 24.62% of the company's float, and there's no more available to borrow. That's why shares of a company that may report revenue of $17 million trade at a market capitalization of almost $7 billion.The other is that most of the shares don't trade, with over 78% held by "individual stakeholders." There are 79 million shares outstanding. The Marijuana MarketSpeculators are betting that over the next few years, many more U.S. states will legalize marijuana sales and are looking to legislators for guidance.New Jersey is the latest with a bill to allow recreational sales. Meanwhile, Massachusetts is getting a network of pot shops, debate has begun in Connecticut and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing the issue.But despite the examples of Colorado and Washington, the path to legal pot is still not a straight line.Minnesota Republicans recently rejected a legalization effort, prospects are dimming in New Mexico and New York's move is being held up by black legislators who want specific provisions for their communities to benefit.As a result, most moves lately have been toward legalizing medical marijuana, with doctors' prescriptions and extensive regulation. Florida is moving in that direction. So is Oklahoma.All that said, marijuana remains an illegal drug under U.S. law.People are still being put in jail for marijuana offenses and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) CEO Elon Musk may lose his SpaceX security clearance after being shown on video smoking pot on a podcast. Bottom Line on Tilray StockDespite the success of Colorado, where marijuana sales are now growing at only single-digit rates in the fifth year of legalization, the product remains controversial.Tilray and its competitors are preparing for an opportunity that may not come to them for years. Meanwhile, marijuana stocks have been bid well beyond fundamentals. A lot of people are cashing big paychecks, and the dream of a well-regulated American pot market remains hazy.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new mystery thriller, The Reluctant Detective Finds Her Family, available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at danablankenhorn@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing, he owned no shares in companies mentioned in this article. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 of the Best Stocks to Buy Under $10 * 7 Single-Digit P/E Stocks With Massive Upside * 7 Best Quantum Computing Stocks Trading Today Compare Brokers The post Tilray Stock Mania Holds Its Breath as Earnings Approach appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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