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Goldman Should Buy ETrade

May 2, 2016, 6:57 PM UTC
Goldman Sachs Hands Clients Losses In 'Top Trades'
A Goldman Sachs Group Inc. logo hangs on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, May 19, 2010.
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Goldman Sachs could benefit if it expanded its traditional banking by acquiring online brokerage E*Trade Financial given the Wall Street bank’s revenue has been largely flat this decade, said CLSA analyst Mike Mayo.

Goldman (GS) would gain from increased deposits, freeing up of excess capital that is otherwise trapped, and vitality to revenue growth, the veteran banking analyst wrote in a client note.

The bank, which carries out consumer, corporate, and private banking through GS Bank USA, has initiated the expansion of traditional banking with the acquisition of an online banking platform from General Electric Co last month.

Mayo—who has an “outperform” rating on Goldman—is rated four stars out of five for his recommendations on the stock, according to StarMine.

Of the 26 brokerages covering Goldman, 15 rate it “buy” or higher, 10 “hold” with one “sell.” Their median price target is $188.

Goldman’s shares were up 1.5% at $166.60 in afternoon trading. E*Trade’s shares gained 1.4% to $25.50, giving the company a market value of about $7 billion.

Up to Friday’s close, Goldman’s shares had lost about 7.6% of their value this year, while E* Trade had fallen about 14%.