Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) Sees Significant Growth in Short Interest

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) saw a significant increase in short interest in September. As of September 30th, there was short interest totalling 1,200 shares, an increase of 140.0% from the August 30th total of 500 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 3,700 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 0.3 days. Currently, 0.0% of the company’s stock are short sold.

Shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock traded down $0.18 during trading on Friday, reaching $24.25. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 3,811. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a current ratio of 1.00. The business’s fifty day moving average price is $24.02 and its 200-day moving average price is $23.37. The firm has a market cap of $107.68 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.12 and a beta of 0.03. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a one year low of $20.11 and a one year high of $25.40.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.54 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.53 by $0.01. The business had revenue of $9.78 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.00 million. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a return on equity of 13.36% and a net margin of 20.09%. Sell-side analysts anticipate that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 2.13 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 18th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 8th will be paid a $0.13 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, October 7th. This represents a $0.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.14%. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s payout ratio is presently 23.85%.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its holdings in Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) by 3.3% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 31,400 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 1,000 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC owned 0.70% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares worth $730,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 27.94% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, September 16th. ValuEngine upgraded Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 4th.

About Guaranty Federal Bancshares

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Guaranty Bank that provides a range of banking and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers in southwest 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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