Goldman Sachs Doesn't Comment on Rumors?
I'm bullish on GS. I own shares of GS. I think they're best in breed, well managed, and did the best job at navigating the whole asset write-down debacle. But, as most of you know, the stock took a beating last week due to rumors of a large, unexpected write-down. Among many articles covering that story, this one also has a blurb on it:
The thing that really makes me scratch my head is that the Goldman spokesman stated: "We don't comment on market rumors."
Uh... since when???
Here's Goldman denying a similar rumor November 2007:
Quote from that article:
"Goldman Sachs Group Inc. on Friday denied market speculation that the top U.S. brokerage by market value could announce billions of dollars in writedowns. 'We've said there's no truth to these rumors,' said Ed Canaday, a spokesman for the brokerage."
And here's Goldman denying another rumor August 2007:
In relevant part: "Goldman Sachs denies that it is liquidating its troubled flagship hedge fund, Global Alpha. The Wall Street giant is seeking to squelch today's market rumors that it would be shuttering the once high-flying $10 billion fund, which has hit on hard times."
But this time around, no comment? It's a little scary, especially with earnings right around the corner. I'll still hold on since I believe in GS, but you can bet I'll be frantically reloading my web browser at 4:00pm Tuesday afternoon.