Goldman Sachs, whose three top executives began their careers at the firm in the commodity-trading unit, is poised to gain market share as pressure from regulators drives competitors to scale back.
Bloomberg News reports that Barclays said that it’s exiting commodities businesses other than trading precious metals and derivatives tied to oil, U.S. gas and commodity indexes. In January, the bank cut jobs in the group that traded raw materials and in February shut power-trading desks in the U.S. and Europe.
JPMorgan last month announced the $3.5bn sale of its raw-materials trading unit to Mercuria Energy Group and Morgan Stanley plans to sell its physical oil business to Russia’s OAO Rosneft. Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Barclays and JPMorgan were the biggest traders of commodity derivatives among banks, according to a Greenwich Associates survey last year.
'The more banks that exit commodities trading, the less competitive it becomes for the banks which stick with it', Jeffery Harte, an analyst at Sandler O’Neill & Partners, said in a phone interview. Goldman Sachs has 'the bigger franchise to be a winner. It now has a much bigger piece of a much smaller pie'.
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