Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (GFED) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” by Analysts

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) has earned a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the one analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a buy rating.

Brokers have set a 12 month consensus price target of $27.00 for the company and are predicting that the company will post $0.52 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 64 out of 255 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on GFED. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 8th. ValuEngine raised shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd.

NASDAQ GFED remained flat at $$24.00 during trading hours on Friday. 24 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,173. The stock has a market capitalization of $102.26 million, a PE ratio of 11.01 and a beta of 0.02. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 52-week low of $20.11 and a 52-week high of $27.39. The company has a quick ratio of 1.06, a current ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.58.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.55 by ($0.02). Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a net margin of 14.72% and a return on equity of 12.60%. The company had revenue of $10.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.10 million. On average, equities research analysts predict that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 2.12 earnings per share for the current year.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in GFED. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 2.6% during the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 140,841 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,076,000 after purchasing an additional 3,590 shares during the last quarter. Simmons Bank raised its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 17.0% during the 4th quarter. Simmons Bank now owns 11,300 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $247,000 after purchasing an additional 1,645 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Alliancebernstein L.P. raised its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 54.9% during the 3rd quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 102,391 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,457,000 after purchasing an additional 36,296 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 27.70% of the company’s stock.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares Company Profile

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Guaranty Bank that provides banking products and services in the southwestern corner of Missouri. The company's deposit products include checking accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, fixed-term certificates of deposit, and individual retirement accounts, as well as demand deposits and NOW accounts.

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