New Upleg for Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) once again is pushing 150, and it looks like today's thrust started a new upleg in the aftermath of a month-long pullback from 151.17 to 135.23. If GS has started a new upleg, then tomorrow's earnings could well be a catalyst for upside continuation that commenced today with Meridith Whitney's upgrade ahead of the opening bell. A hurdle of the prior high of 151.17 will trigger a next optimal target of 155-157. On the otherhand, GS has climbed from a Nov. 21 low of 47.41 to a June high of 157.17-- a triple in price-- as we approach tomorrow's earnings report. If you were a fund manager with profits in GS, would you stay long into tomorrow, or take profits just in case a "sell-the-news" scenario unfolds? Tricky call, indeed. My own sense is that after last year's debacle, risk aversion and profit- taking would be much more important to me than they might have been previously... which argues for a bout of profit-taking in GS ahead of today's closing bell. Let's see what happens. MJP 7/13/09 1:50 PM ET (149.60)

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