Barclays Cuts Goldman, Morgan Stanley Forecasts
First Meredith Whitney, then JPM, then everyone else, and now Barclays. The firm that stole Lehman whacked its estimates of GS and MS, on expectations of a 7% decline (after a 6% increase) in equity volumes, due to a "lower ETF volume expectation as well as lower NYSE-listed volumes that benefited handsomely in 2009 from exacerbated trading volumes in highly volatile, low priced financial stocks that we expect to subside in 2010." This new assumption is making Barclays reduce EPS estimates across the board: "In short, estimates are coming down modestly driven by lower return expectations in both equities and fixed income, lower inflow expectations across both asset classes, and lower equities and futures trading volumes as well as debt and equity underwriting volumes. The downward adjustments are not large, but they do reflect the challenging comparisons that most of the companies in our coverage universe are up against in 2010 following what, by all accounts, turned out to be a very strong year for capital markets companies in 2009."
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