Honing in on Shares of The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) and Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT)

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) are being monitored closely by investors today as the name is currently priced at $257.03, a 0.50% difference from where it most recently opened.  So where is the stock headed from here?  We will take a quick look here at how the stock has performed recently.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) shares have performed 0.59%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 7.19%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 12.44%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 0.89%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS) have been seen trading -1.95% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 10.05% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading -1.95% off the 52-week high and 22.62% away from the 52-week low.

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RETURNS AND RECOMMENDATION

While looking at past performance of a particular stock is important when speculating on its future, we must take other indicators into consideration as well.  What are the returns?   The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE:GS)’s Return on Assets (ROA) of 0.90% is an indicator of how profitable The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is relative to their total assets. ROA gives us an idea of how efficient management is at using assets to generate earnings  We get ROA by dividing their annual earnings by their total assets.  The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.’s Return on Equity (ROE) is 10.60%, measure their profitability and reveals how much profit they generate with the money their shareholders. We calculate ROE by dividing their net income by their shareholder’s equity.  Finally, The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.’s Return on Investment, a measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment, calculated by the return of an investment divided by the cost, stands at 1.30%.  Analysts on a consensus basis have a 2.60 recommendation on this stock.

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) are valued at $336.25 at the time of writing and have moved 1.48% since the open.  Smart investors often look for value stocks with upside potential.  While this stock is priced cheaply, it’s important to determine if there is any actual value.

Sometimes the stock market can be very confusing, even for the most seasoned investors. Even when expectations are met as predicted, the market may decide to move otherwise. This can cause uncertainty and second guessing. Keeping up with historical data as well as short-term and long-term trends may be very helpful. Over the past week, Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) shares have performed 1.99%. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are 4.70%. Looking at stock performance for the past six months, shares are 16.70%. Since the start of the calendar year, shares have performed 4.73%.

Let’s take a quick look at some possible support and resistence levels for the stock. According to a recent spotcheck, company
Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) have been seen trading 0.75% away from the 50- day high. On the opposite end, shares have been trading 9.85% away from the 50-day low price. Taking a wider perspective, shares have been recently trading 0.75% off the 52-week high and 35.58% away from the 52-week low.