Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund increased its holdings in shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:GS) by 82.4% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 129,123 shares of the investment management company’s stock after acquiring an additional 58,343 shares during the quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund’s holdings in Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) were worth $30,627,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other large investors have also added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) in the 2nd quarter valued at about $407,000. Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc. bought a new position in Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) in the 2nd quarter valued at about $101,000. WealthTrust Arizona LLC increased its holdings in Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) by 97.1% in the 2nd quarter. WealthTrust Arizona LLC now owns 469 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $104,000 after buying an additional 231 shares during the period. Sterling Investment Advisors Ltd. increased its holdings in Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) by 35.7% in the 2nd quarter. Sterling Investment Advisors Ltd. now owns 475 shares of the investment management company’s stock valued at $105,000 after buying an additional 125 shares during the period. Finally, Shine Investment Advisory Services Inc. bought a new position in Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) in the 2nd quarter valued at about $111,000. 74.01% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (GS) traded up $1.32 during trading on Friday, hitting $237.75. 459,276 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,283,831. The company has a market cap of $89,181.75, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.31, a PEG ratio of 1.20 and a beta of 1.48. The company has a quick ratio of 0.90, a current ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.82. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. has a 12 month low of $209.37 and a 12 month high of $255.15.

Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) (NYSE:GS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The investment management company reported $5.02 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.17 by $0.85. The company had revenue of $8.33 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $7.59 billion. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) had a net margin of 26.42% and a return on equity of 11.34%. The firm’s revenue was up 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $4.88 EPS. equities research analysts predict that Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. will post 19.03 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 28th. Investors of record on Thursday, November 30th will be given a dividend of $0.75 per share. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, November 29th. This represents a $3.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.26%. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)’s dividend payout ratio is presently 15.63%.

In related news, Chairman Lloyd C. Blankfein sold 20,794 shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $238.38, for a total transaction of $4,956,873.72. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP John F.W. Rogers sold 20,490 shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $238.01, for a total transaction of $4,876,824.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 122,470 shares of company stock worth $29,411,656. 2.57% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several research firms have commented on GS. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $271.00 target price on the stock in a report on Friday, October 20th. BidaskClub raised shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Wells Fargo & Company began coverage on shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $265.00 target price on the stock. Buckingham Research reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $250.00 target price (up from $243.00) on shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, TheStreet raised shares of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Friday, October 13th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have given a hold rating, twelve have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $245.06.

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About Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The)

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc is an investment banking, securities and investment management company that provides a range of financial services to corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. The Company operates in four business segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management.

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