Goldman Sachs ups large U.S. banks to attractive

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by ASusilovic, Oct 5, 2009.

  1. NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Analysts at Goldman Sachs got more optimistic about large U.S. banks Monday, raising their coverage view on the sector to attractive from neutral. Among specific names, they upgraded Wells Fargo & Co. to neutral. They added Capital One Financial Corp to their conviction buy list, which also includes J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Corp. . "The market has failed to recognize the dramatic improvement in earnings power at the large banks versus the regionals," they wrote, adding that, "We believe this difference in earnings power has not been fully reflected in share prices."

    Good morning !
  2. Another view ...

    This past week in the IRA Advisory Service, we added M&T Bancorp (NYSE:MTB) to our coverage list. As of Q2 2009, MTB was rated “A” by the IRA Bank Monitor’s Stress Index due to its below-peer loss rate and strong operating results. We also started to describe for our clients our concerns about the outlook for Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), which was rated “C” as of Q2 2009 by the IRA Bank Monitor. Click here to register for the IRA Bank Cart and look up the rating for your bank.

    If you reduce the increasingly difficult situation facing the largest banks down to its essence, the problem is politicians picking winners and losers. If we don’t have losers in our economic life, then there are no winners either. If we don’t resolve troubled banks, then all of our banks will be bad, as the century-old Whithers quote above suggests. And the fact that Washington will not let large, mediocre institutions such as BAC fail means that our entire financial system is getting sicker, not recovering as the politicians ask you to believe. The different financial and operational situations facing BAC and other members of the large bank peer group illustrate the point.

    As we told CNBC’s Fast Money on Friday, the departure of Ken Lewis as CEO is probably the best news for BAC equity and bond holders in many years. Whoever is eventually selected to replace Lewis, though, is facing a tough task. In his column in the New York Times over the weekend, Joe Nocera makes that point as he talks about the culture of mediocrity that Lewis promoted at BAC, a culture where competent managers were systematically forced out by the human resources department of BAC.

    For all of his insider savvy and HR muscle within the bank, Lewis really was not an operator. BAC, after all, is a combination of dozens of companies merged over the last 30 years that were never actually integrated. The mergers “worked” because the old NCNB HR department ruthlessly squeezed down personnel costs. These are “process” people, after all, who believe that you can identify tasks that can be done by one person, then train that person and pay him/her well below average. This is what they call “synergies” at BAC. This goal of short-term cost cutting pervades BAC and has led to an organization that produces narrowly focused employees and business units, with no incentive to innovate or manage risk on an enterprise basis as required by Sarbanes-Oxley, not to mention federal banking laws.

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  3. rickf


    When I heard they added ailing CapitalOne to their 'Conviction Buy' list this morning my first thought was, "gee, they must need to unload a ton of CapitalOne stock soon...."
  4. GS is selling for its yearend bonus, I am still long oil to 85. lol:D
  5. Ask gs how that $200 oil calls coming from 2008. more manipulation by the worlds greatest manipulator. as another note said they saw the mkts are near a breakdown and they're desperately trying to hold it together for there fat bonus's as we hit 10% unemployment.
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  7. "but Goldman, also gave warnings on US Treasuries, citing fiscally irresponsible actions by the US Government in the past year"

    (no, they did not actually say that, but they would have the gall to)
  8. S2007S


    Upgrades again for the banks and people are still dumb enough to go long after some of these are up over 200%.

    Only way to keep the market from dropping any further is to raise the banks to attractive.

  9. i wouldn't trust goldman offering me a glass of water, if i were dying of thirst in the desert
  10. weld1


    its almost funny.if it not for it being so sad. problem is it works...
    #10     Oct 5, 2009