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Goldman Sachs trades in positive territory after segment change

Shares of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) were up over 1% in afternoon trade after the company announced a revamp of its business segments.

The four new business segments are Investment Banking, Global Markets, Asset Management and Consumer & Wealth Management. The changes will be effective from the fourth quarter of 2019. Previously the company’s segments were Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management. This move is reportedly to drive better transparency and accountability in its reporting.

The Investment Banking segment will include financial advisory, debt and equity underwriting as well as corporate lending activities. Global Markets will comprise of Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities (FICC) and Equities.

The Asset Management division will include equity investments, lending and activities related to the management of institutional and third-party assets. The Consumer & Wealth Management segment includes consumer banking and wealth management.

In the third quarter of 2019, Goldman Sachs reported revenue declines across all its segments except for Institutional Client Services. The Investment Banking and Investing & Lending divisions posted double-digit declines while Investment Management dipped 2%.

The company is scheduled to report its fourth quarter 2019 results on January 15. Analysts have projected earnings of $5.51 per share on $8.5 billion.

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