Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) and Woodstock (OTCMKTS:WSFL) are both finance companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their risk, profitability, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership, dividends, valuation and earnings.

Profitability

This table compares Goldman Sachs Group and Woodstock’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Goldman Sachs Group 28.92% 13.84% 1.09%
Woodstock N/A N/A N/A

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for Goldman Sachs Group and Woodstock, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Goldman Sachs Group 2 8 5 0 2.20
Woodstock 0 0 0 0 N/A

Goldman Sachs Group presently has a consensus target price of $255.50, suggesting a potential upside of 22.93%. Given Goldman Sachs Group’s higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe Goldman Sachs Group is more favorable than Woodstock.

Dividends

Goldman Sachs Group pays an annual dividend of $3.20 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.5%. Woodstock does not pay a dividend. Goldman Sachs Group pays out 12.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Goldman Sachs Group has increased its dividend for 7 consecutive years.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Goldman Sachs Group and Woodstock’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Goldman Sachs Group $36.62 billion 2.08 $10.46 billion $25.27 8.22
Woodstock $6.86 million 0.06 -$300,000.00 N/A N/A

Goldman Sachs Group has higher revenue and earnings than Woodstock.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

70.1% of Goldman Sachs Group shares are held by institutional investors. 1.4% of Goldman Sachs Group shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Risk & Volatility

Goldman Sachs Group has a beta of 1.22, suggesting that its stock price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Woodstock has a beta of -0.33, suggesting that its stock price is 133% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Summary

Goldman Sachs Group beats Woodstock on 13 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Goldman Sachs Group

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. operates as an investment banking, securities, and investment management company worldwide. It operates through four segments: Investment Banking, Institutional Client Services, Investing & Lending, and Investment Management. The Investment Banking segment provides financial advisory services, including strategic advisory assignments related to mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate defense activities, restructurings, spin-offs, and risk management; and underwriting services, such as debt and equity underwriting of public offerings and private placements of various securities and other financial instruments, as well as derivative transactions with public and private sector clients. The Institutional Client Services segment is involved in client execution activities related to making markets in cash and derivative instruments for interest rate products, credit products, mortgages, currencies, commodities, and equities; and provision of securities services comprising financing, securities lending, and other prime brokerage services, as well as markets in and clears client transactions on primary stock, options, and futures exchanges. The Investing & Lending segment invests in and originates longer-term loans to provide financing to clients; and makes investments in debt securities and loans, public and private equity securities, and infrastructure and real estate entities, as well as provides unsecured and secured loans to retail clients through its digital platforms. The Investment Management segment offers investment management products and services; and wealth advisory services consisting of portfolio management, financial planning and counseling, and brokerage and other transaction services. The company serves corporations, financial institutions, governments, and individuals. The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. was founded in 1869 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

About Woodstock

Woodstock Holdings, Inc. engages in the businesses of security brokerage and investment banking. It trades equity securities on an agency only basis and trades bonds and other instruments on a principal or agency basis on various exchanges as well as maintains selling agreements with mutual fund families and insurance companies offering load and no load funds, annuities and insurance products. The company was founded by William Jasper Raike III in March 1995 and is headquartered in Woodstock, GA.

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