Goldman Sachs Group today missed Wall Street's estimates for quarterly profit as global economic worries dampened appetite for deals and share sales.
Revenue at three of its four major businesses fell, led by a 15% drop in investment banking revenue because of lower advisory and underwriting fees.
At the bank's investing and lending division, where it invests its own balance sheet, net revenue from equity securities fell 40% from last year to $662m.
Analysts had estimated that Goldman would book a loss of over $250m from its stake in WeWork in the third quarter.
Goldman executives today declined to comment on its stake in the office-sharing startup.
The only bright spot for Goldman was its institutional client services business, which accounts for nearly a third of its overall revenue, but a 6% growth at the unit was not enough to offset weakness in its other major businesses.
Analysts said that Goldman Sachs overall posted mixed results this quarter. While the top line beat was a positive, it was driven by more trading which tends to be less persistent and investment banking results were weak, they added.
Bond trading revenue was up 8%, while equities rose 5%. JPMorgan also reported a surge in bond trading.
Wall Street's biggest banks are facing several challenges in growing their revenue, largely due to the ongoing US-China trade war and concerns about further interest rate cuts by the US Federal Reserve.
Under chief executive David Solomon, Goldman has undertaken a major shift in strategy from its focus on trading to building a bigger consumer business in a bid to shield its revenue from wild swings in financial markets.
Goldman, which recently launched a credit card with Apple, has also attempted to build out new businesses, but top executives at the bank have warned in previous quarters that those efforts will take time to bear fruit.
Solomon has pushed his top lieutenants to bring in at least $5 billion of new revenue from those businesses by 2020.
The bank's net earnings applicable to common shareholders fell 27% to $1.79 billion in the quarter ended September 30 from $2.45 billion a year ago.
Earnings per share fell to $4.79 from $6.28 a year earlier, while total net revenue fell 6% to $8.32 billion.
Analysts on average had expected earnings of $4.81 per share and revenue of $8.31 billion, according to the IBES estimate from Refinitiv.
Expectations from most brokerages tracking the investment bank were generally muted as macroeconomic conditions have been weighing on investor sentiment.
Goldman's main rival Morgan Stanley is expected to report quarterly results on Thursday.