Shares of Great Southern Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) reached a new 52-week low on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $34.48 and last traded at $35.48, with a volume of 17,325 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $35.35.

Several research firms have recently weighed in on GSBC. FIG Partners raised shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 26th.

The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $38.18 and a 200 day moving average price of $38.94. The stock has a market capitalization of $493.06 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.27.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 20th. The financial services provider reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.07. Analysts expect that Great Southern Bancorp Inc. will post $3.20 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, July 11th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, June 29th will be issued a $0.22 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Monday, June 27th. This represents a $0.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.48%.

In related news, Director Douglas M. Pitt bought 1,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $37.45 per share, with a total value of $37,450.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,100 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $41,195. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Joseph W. Turner sold 8,532 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $38.35, for a total transaction of $327,202.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 139,032 shares in the company, valued at $5,331,877.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of GSBC. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 4.9% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 523,766 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $23,706,000 after buying an additional 24,309 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 24.7% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 55,864 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,528,000 after buying an additional 11,061 shares during the last quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 37.3% in the fourth quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC now owns 49,274 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,230,000 after buying an additional 13,395 shares during the last quarter. Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc. increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 32,515 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,472,000 after buying an additional 310 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Russell Frank Co increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 310.6% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 25,867 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,210,000 after buying an additional 19,567 shares during the last quarter.

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company. The Company is a financial holding and parent company of Great Southern Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank and subsidiaries of the Bank, the Company offers insurance, travel, investment and related services. The Bank offers banking services through its approximately 108 banking centers located in southern and central Missouri; the Kansas City, Missouri area; the St.

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