Goldman Slumps To 2-Mo Lows Amid Collapse In Trading Revenue, More Job Cuts Coming

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Jun 01, 2023 - 04:50 PM

Goldman Sachs - not a regional bank - is trading at its lowest since March this morning after tumbling following comments from Goldman President John Waldron warning investors of a sharp slowdown in its investment bank.

At a conference hosted by AllianceBernstein, Waldron said the bank's trading business is trending down more than 25% this quarter compared with a year ago, describing capital-markets activity as "sluggish."

Goldman is working on what would be its third round of job cuts in under a year, Bloomberg News reported earlier this week, and Waldron confirmed:

"We are now embarking on additional targeted action with our headcount," adding that "we are preparing for a tougher environment."

In February, Goldman Sachs outlined plans for about $1 billion in expense reductions. Waldron said the bank is on target to achieve that goal.

Goldman stock is trading back near its post-SVB lows...

Waldron's comments follow Morgan Stanley Co-President Andy Saperstein yesterday offering a gloomy forecast for the bank’s sales and trading and dealmaking operations.

“Sales and trading is softer this quarter,” he said. “Results will be notably down year-over-year.”

Saperstein also said investment banking is “very challenged. As an industry we have been in a sustained trough since last year.”

Finally, Goldman's Waldron note that he is seeing "a pretty risk-off tone" from its clients with corporate CEOs pretty cautious.

“Feels like we are going to have a contractionary environment for a period of time.”

But, but, but, A.I.!