- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) — Goldman Sachs says its second-quarter profit easily surpassed expectations as profit was buoyed by strength in its trading and underwriting businesses.

The New York-based banking giant, long considered the strongest in the sector, says it earned $2.72 billion, or $4.93 per share, after preferred stock dividends, up from $1.66 billion, or $3.39 per share, a year earlier.

Analysts forecast earnings of $3.54 per share for the quarter.

Goldman also recorded a charge of 78 cents per share as it repaid the government’s $10 billion investment in the bank as part of the Troubled Asset Relief Program.

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