Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and other stock prices brought current in this update
NEW YORK (
were among the winners of the financial sector Tuesday even after an analyst cut earnings estimates on both banks.
Goldman and Morgan were up 0.1% and 0.6%, respectively, despite a Citigroup analyst's research note that said both banks saw softness in first quarter equity underwriting and lighter equity trading activity. Citigroup said those negatives would be partially offset by fixed income, currency and commodities trading.
Still, Citigroup lowered its estimate for Goldman's first-quarter earnings to $4.45 a share from $4.55 a share. Citigroup also cut its estimate on Morgan's first-quarter earnings to 58 cents from 72 cents. The bank also cut its 2010, 2011 and 2012 full-year estimates for Morgan Stanley.
Goldman Sachs shares were up 0.1% to $173.34. Morgan Stanley gained 0.6% to $29.46.
Meanwhile, Wells Fargo Securities analysts upped their view on large-cap U.S. banks to market weight, citing valuation, less fear of regulatory changes and more clarity on asset-quality trends.
Wells Fargo added that
Bank of America
are best positioned to gain from a bigger focus on normalized earnings.
Bank of America was gaining 1% to $18.31, and PNC Financial was rising by 0.6% to $62.05.
Elsewhere, UBS initiated coverage of
with a buy rating and $24 price target. UBS said the company should benefit from rising interest rates. Schwab shares were lately up 1.9% to $19.23.
Away from analyst moves,
rose nearly 1% each after a report in
The Wall Street Journal
that the Federal Housing Finance Agency will force both mortgage giants to trade interest-rate swaps through central clearinghouses instead of through private deals.
Fannie Mae was up 0.9% to $1.07, and Freddie Mac gained 0.4% to $1.30.
Among other financial stocks trading higher Tuesday,
American International Group
was up 2.5% to $35.95,
climbed 1.8% to $32.07,
rose 1% to $45.80, and
advanced 0.5% to $4.28.
-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston
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