Shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (NYSE:RBS) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the fourteen research firms that are currently covering the firm, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have assigned a hold recommendation and seven have issued a buy recommendation on the company.

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on RBS. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Royal Bank of Scotland Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, August 3rd. ValuEngine downgraded Royal Bank of Scotland Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 7th. Societe Generale upgraded Royal Bank of Scotland Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, May 11th. Citigroup upgraded Royal Bank of Scotland Group from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, August 20th. Finally, Investec upgraded Royal Bank of Scotland Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 18th.

RBS stock traded down $0.10 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $6.41. 484,414 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 572,858. Royal Bank of Scotland Group has a 52-week low of $6.13 and a 52-week high of $8.74. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.98, a current ratio of 1.16 and a quick ratio of 0.97. The company has a market cap of $38.95 billion, a PE ratio of 9.86 and a beta of 1.17.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (NYSE:RBS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 3rd. The financial services provider reported $0.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.19 by ($0.04). Royal Bank of Scotland Group had a net margin of 11.77% and a return on equity of 7.04%. The company had revenue of $4.06 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.27 billion. equities research analysts expect that Royal Bank of Scotland Group will post 0.76 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 24th. Investors of record on Friday, August 24th were paid a $0.05 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 23rd. Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 15.38%.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in RBS. Millennium Management LLC grew its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 16.9% in the fourth quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 82,484 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $630,000 after purchasing an additional 11,940 shares in the last quarter. ETRADE Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 89.2% during the 1st quarter. ETRADE Capital Management LLC now owns 38,556 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $285,000 after acquiring an additional 18,175 shares in the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC boosted its position in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 6.4% during the 1st quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 781,016 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $5,780,000 after acquiring an additional 46,957 shares in the last quarter. Tredje AP fonden boosted its position in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 28.8% during the 1st quarter. Tredje AP fonden now owns 33,998 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $4,023,000 after acquiring an additional 7,610 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 5.3% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 4,061,889 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $30,058,000 after acquiring an additional 203,114 shares in the last quarter. 0.56% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Company Profile

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc engages in the provision of international banking and financial services. It operates through the following segments: Personal and Business Banking, Commercial and Private Banking, RBS International (RBSI), NatWest Markets, and Central Items and Other. The Personal and Business Banking segment consists of the United Kingdom Personal, Business Banking, and Ulster Bank RoI sub-segments.The Commercial and Private Banking segment covers the Commercial Banking, Private Banking, and RBS International Commercial Banking sub-segments, involved in serving retail, commercial, corporate, and financial institution customers.

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