BofA, Goldman Sachs Q3 Earnings Continue Strong Showing from Banks
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BofA, Goldman Sachs Q3 Earnings Continue Strong Showing from Banks

Bank of America and Goldman Sachs continued the strong earnings performance of their peers, with both posting robust Q3 profits on Monday.
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Goldman Sachs (NYSE: $GS) and Bank of America (NYSE: $BAC) posted stronger-than-expected earnings and revenue in their Q3 reports on Monday, mirroring the recent performance of their banking peers. The robust incomes were largely driven by high interest rates. However, this environment could begin to exert a strain on future profits. 

BofA, Goldman Profits Jump Amid Higher Interest Incomes and Trading Revenues

In line with its Wall Street peers, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs also reported better-than-expected earnings results for the third quarter, driven by robust interest incomes and trading revenues.

Notably, BofA posted earnings per share (EPS) of 90 cents, topping the consensus estimates of 82 cents. Profit increased 10% year-over-year to $7.8 billion, up from $7.1 billion, or 81 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Revenue reached $25.32 billion in the third quarter, exceeding the analysts’ projection of $25.14 billion. Year-over-year, revenue rose 2.9%. 

The bank said its interest-based profits jumped 4% to $14.4 billion, surpassing the analysts’ expectations by approximately $300 billion. The strong interest income was fueled by the current high-rate environment and loan growth. 

Meanwhile, Goldman Sachs also reported better-than-anticipated Q3 profit and revenue, mainly due to a significant surge in trading revenue. In particular, the banking giant posted EPS of $5.74, notably higher than the consensus estimates of $5.31 per share. 

Goldman generated $11.82 billion in revenue, also above the projected $11.19 billion. Interestingly, Goldman’s profit and revenue fell on a YoY basis by 33% and 1%, respectively. Goldman derives most of its profits from investment banking and trading revenues compared to its Wall Street competitors. 

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Are High Rates Actually a Catalyst?

Examining reports from both BofA and Goldman Sachs, alongside earnings data from other banks last week, it becomes clear that the high-interest rate environment has been favorable for the banking sector. However, the very same environment that has been a catalyst for their performance may soon become a hindrance.

While elevated rates “propelled the banks to bumper profits,” they are “slowly starting to take a toll,” said Wall Street Journal banking and finance reporter Ben Eisen.

“More loans are going bad and demand for new borrowing is starting to cool. Americans are spending down the extra cash they accumulated during the pandemic. And there are a slew of geopolitical uncertainties that prompted JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to say: ‘This may be the most dangerous time the world has seen in decades.’”

– added Eisen.

Concerns about the adverse effects of high rates are perhaps one of the reasons why banking stocks haven’t climbed much despite robust profits. Shares of Goldman and BofA rose 1.6% and 0.8% on Monday. 

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