Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bank holding giant Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Goldman's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Goldman facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York, N.Y. (1869)

Market Cap

$70.34 billion


Investment Banking and Brokerage


$22.22 billion


Chairman/CEO Lloyd Blankfein (since 2006)

COO Gary Cohn (since 2006)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


3-Month Return



JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM)

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

CAPS Members Bearish on GS Also Bearish on

Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)

CAPS Members Bullish on GS Also Bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)


Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, some 20% of the 1,535 All-Star members who have rated Goldman believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include PopsDaniecki and BSHumphreyII, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

In late April, PopsDaniecki warned Fools that we aren't out of the dark financial forest just yet:

Commercial real estate hasn't even been factored into this mess at this point and most people are talking as if we are 'coming out of it'! What planet (perhaps Obamaland) are they viewing all this from? Inflation is going to be a disaster as well in the coming months. While that will also turn interest rates on their heads, what will that do to the income side of the financial services?

In a pitch from late last month, BSHumphreyII offered perspective on the stock's recent price run:

I figured [Goldman] would recover faster than the rest of the sector, but this is ridiculous! Reports of Goldman Sachs' death were obviously greatly exaggerated. That they were able to bounce back shouldn't be too surprising -- they've always been a stronger, better-run investment bank than their competitors.

However, the $140 price tag smells a bit fishy. That's almost at the $150-180 band they were trading at before the crash! Are they really worth almost as much now as they were then?

I rather doubt it. My gut tells me [Goldman] has gotten ahead of itself, as is due for a correction. A look at some technical indicators confirm this -- momentum is definitely slowing. ... In the long run, I think it will break up toward $180, but for now, it's probably time to lighten up on Goldman.

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