Goldman Sachs Earnings Beat Analyst Estimates

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Jim Watson/AFP/Getty ImagesGoldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein

NEW YORK -- Goldman Sachs reported first-quarter results that beat analyst forecasts thanks to a pickup in stock and bond underwriting.

The bank earned $2.2 billion in the first quarter, up 5 percent from a year ago.

The earnings were equivalent to $4.29 a share. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected $3.90 a share. Revenue was $10.1 billion, up 1 percent from a year ago. That also beat analyst expectations of $9.7 billion.

In a prepared statement, Goldman's CEO Lloyd Blankfein described the results as "generally solid." He also said the potential for economic instability had "constrained" companies and investors and that the bank would remain focused on controlling costs.

The investment bank underwrote more stock and bond offerings, although revenue from advising companies on mergers and acquisitions fell slightly.

Revenue from investing and lending was up overall, thanks in part to Goldman's sale of some of its stake in the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Revenue from the unit that trades on behalf of customers -- usually institutions such as pensions, mutual funds and hedge funds -- fell. Revenue from the unit that manages money for clients rose.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) stock was down about 1.6% in midday trading Tuesday to $144.16.

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