Media stories about Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) have trended positive this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Goldman Sachs Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.40 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the investment management company an impact score of 46.5242434679469 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) opened at $266.61 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.09. The stock has a market cap of $100,453.52, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.97, a P/E/G ratio of 0.95 and a beta of 1.33. Goldman Sachs Group has a 12 month low of $209.62 and a 12 month high of $275.31.

Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 17th. The investment management company reported $5.68 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.90 by $0.78. Goldman Sachs Group had a net margin of 13.36% and a return on equity of 11.66%. The company had revenue of $7.83 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.64 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $5.08 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Goldman Sachs Group will post 21.56 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, March 29th. Investors of record on Thursday, March 1st will be issued a $0.75 dividend. This represents a $3.00 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.13%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 28th. Goldman Sachs Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 34.84%.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Bank of America raised their target price on shares of Goldman Sachs Group from $290.00 to $300.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 7th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Goldman Sachs Group in a research report on Monday, November 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Goldman Sachs Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $291.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, December 19th. Vertical Group raised shares of Goldman Sachs Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 29th. Finally, Barclays reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating and set a $289.00 target price (down from $308.00) on shares of Goldman Sachs Group in a research note on Thursday, January 18th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $258.20.

In other Goldman Sachs Group news, EVP John F.W. Rogers sold 4,400 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, February 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $265.37, for a total transaction of $1,167,628.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director David A. Viniar sold 17,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $251.19, for a total transaction of $4,395,825.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 83,548 shares of company stock valued at $22,064,172. 2.57% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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Goldman Sachs Group Company Profile

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc is an investment banking, securities and investment management company that provides a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. The Company operates in four business segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management.

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