Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) Upgraded by ValuEngine to Hold

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Thursday, ValuEngine reports.

Separately, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 29th.

NASDAQ GFED traded down $0.33 during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $24.00. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 400 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,333. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 52-week low of $21.89 and a 52-week high of $26.93. The stock’s fifty day simple moving average is $24.54 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is $24.32. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89, a current ratio of 0.97 and a quick ratio of 0.97. The firm has a market capitalization of $106.75 million, a P/E ratio of 11.37 and a beta of 0.09.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.56 by ($0.03). Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a net margin of 17.99% and a return on equity of 11.30%. The business had revenue of $9.62 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $10.10 million. On average, equities analysts forecast that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 2.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 16th. Investors of record on Monday, January 6th were paid a $0.15 dividend. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.50%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, January 3rd. This is a positive change from Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.13. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s payout ratio is 28.44%.

Several large investors have recently modified their holdings of GFED. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its stake in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 18.9% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 46,029 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $1,160,000 after buying an additional 7,328 shares during the last quarter. EJF Capital LLC increased its stake in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 5.1% in the fourth quarter. EJF Capital LLC now owns 105,050 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,647,000 after buying an additional 5,050 shares during the last quarter. Sugarloaf Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares in the fourth quarter worth $25,000. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 5.6% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 18,728 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $456,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 7.8% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 13,806 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $348,000 after buying an additional 995 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 26.87% 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 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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