Company profile: Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking juggernaut. Its operations include investment banking, institutional client services, lending, and investment management. It has a $54 billion market value.Investor takeaway: Goldman's shares are up 23% this year after losing 45% in 2011. S&P has its shares rated "hold," while its survey of other analysts ratings found seven "buys," five "buy/holds," 15 "holds," and one "weak/hold." Analysts expect it to earn $12.04 per share this year and that will grow by 6% in 2013.
Morgan Stanley (MS - Get Report) Company profile: Morgan Stanley is a global investment bank with institutional securities, wealth management and asset management segments. Investor takeaway: The company's shares are up 23% this year after losing 44% in 2011. S&P has a $21 price target on its shares, a 14% premium. S&P found 10 "buy" ratings, three "buy/holds," 13 "holds," and two "weak/holds," in a survey of analysts.