Nomura maintains Goldman Sachs Group Inc.(GS:NYE) with a Buy rating and lowers the target price to $150

Nomura maintains Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with a Buy rating and lowers the target price to $150 from $170 on the company’s stock.

Based on the Goldman Sachs Group Inc stock forecasts from 14 analysts, the average analyst target price for Goldman Sachs Group Inc is USD 402.52 over the next 12 months. Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s average analyst rating is Buy . Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of Goldman Sachs Group Inc is Slightly Bearish, which is based on 4 positive signals and 6 negative signals. At the last closing, Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s stock price was USD 331.48Goldman Sachs Group Inc’s stock price has changed by -1.46% over the past week, +1.10% over the past month and -19.41% over the last year.

What we like:

High market capitalization

This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.

High dividend returns

The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual dividend returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. This can be a good buy, especially if it is outperforming on total return basis , for investors seeking high income yields.

Positive cash flow

The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Superior Revenue Growth

This stock has shown top quartile revenue growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

What we don’t like:

High volatility

The total returns for this company are volatile and above median for its sector over the past 5 years. Make sure you have the risk tolerance for investing in such stock.

Below median total returns

The company has under performed its peers on annual average total returns in the past 5 years.

Overpriced on cashflow basis

The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

Poor capital utilization

The company management has delivered below median return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Poor return on assets

The company management has delivered below median return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.

Highly leveraged

The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.