Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. (NYSE:AVAL) was upgraded by analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Thursday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also commented on the company. Citigroup Inc. raised Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 27th.

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores (NYSE:AVAL) opened at 8.90 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $8.42 and its 200-day moving average is $8.21. The company has a market capitalization of $9.92 billion, a PE ratio of 13.91 and a beta of 0.56. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores has a 52-week low of $7.18 and a 52-week high of $9.04.

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A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in AVAL. Trexquant Investment LP increased its position in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 35.4% in the first quarter. Trexquant Investment LP now owns 21,471 shares of the bank’s stock worth $175,000 after buying an additional 5,611 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its position in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 121.6% in the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 20,142 shares of the bank’s stock worth $165,000 after buying an additional 11,051 shares during the period. Citadel Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the first quarter worth about $109,000. Stevens Capital Management LP acquired a new position in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the first quarter worth about $126,000. Finally, Wetherby Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the second quarter worth about $144,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 21.93% of the company’s stock.

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores Company Profile

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA is a Colombia-based holding company primarily engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the acquisition, purchase and sale of stocks, bonds and other securities of companies active in the financial sector. The Company provides a variety of financial services and products across the Colombian market, ranging from traditional banking services, such as loans and deposits to pension and severance fund management, as well as the provision of legal representation services.The Company owns such subsidiaries as Banco de Bogota SA, Banco Popular SA, among others.

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