There's never a dull moment on Wall Street. Next week brings a Xoom-related media event from Verizon and Motorola Mobility, as well as fourth quarter results from Apple and several of the country's biggest financial institutions.
Goldman Sachs reported second quarter earnings of $1.09 billion, or $1.85 per share -- results that are below expectations. While still the most venerable Wall Street Bank, Goldman's quarterly earnings underline a key trait of the investment banking industry: Results can be exceedingly volatile.
Goldman Sachs reported sharp declines in third-quarter earnings and revenue, hurt by slower trading activity over the summer. But its profits still easily exceeded analysts' average forecast. Investment banking was particularly strong in the period.
Goldman Sachs is expected to report a sharp drop in third-quarter earnings before Tuesday's opening bell, due to a decline in trading activity in a market that's been light on volume and volatility for months. Goldman is forecast to report adjusted earnings of $2.28 a share.