CLSA analyst Mike Mayo summed up the leverage capital discussion, during the call, by saying "I think the word of the day is 'comfortable'."

Before the call, KBW analyst Frederick Cannon wrote in a note to clients that "It is difficult to see how GS can optimize the return on capital given the little disclosure that is provided."

Cannon has a "market perform" rating on Goldman, with a price target of $155.00.

Goldman's shares were down 2% to close at $160.24.

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Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.

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