Today, Goldman Sachs
The bank's bottom line was hurt by the ongoing European financial crisis and a deal slowdown. And Goldman's not alone. JPMorgan and Citigroup
Goldman's weak earnings weren't a surprise -- if anything, investors expected much worse. Shares rose 6% in midday trading, as analysts had pegged the bank to make $1.23 in earnings per share but got $1.84 instead.
What does all this mean? Once again, we're seeing more pain for banks with heavy trading and investment banking operations, alongside pretty strong results from commercial banks such as US Bancorp
All in all, these two trends are good news for the economy and the rest of the Dow
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