ValuEngine lowered shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report released on Tuesday.

GFED has been the topic of a number of other reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a hold rating to a strong-buy rating and set a $29.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, October 24th. TheStreet lowered Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a b- rating to a c rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, Raymond James lifted their price objective on Guaranty Federal Bancshares from $27.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock an outperform rating in a research note on Monday, October 22nd.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock opened at $23.65 on Tuesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.49, a quick ratio of 1.04 and a current ratio of 1.05. The stock has a market capitalization of $105.95 million, a PE ratio of 16.20 and a beta of -0.07. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 52 week low of $20.41 and a 52 week high of $27.39.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.88 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.54 by $0.34. The business had revenue of $12.19 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $10.10 million. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a return on equity of 12.08% and a net margin of 12.28%. Analysts anticipate that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 2.22 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, October 19th. Investors of record on Tuesday, October 9th were given a dividend of $0.12 per share. This represents a $0.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.03%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, October 5th. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 32.88%.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. Alliancebernstein L.P. increased its position in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) by 54.9% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 102,391 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 36,296 shares during the quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. owned 2.30% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares worth $2,457,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. 26.51% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Guaranty Federal Bancshares

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Guaranty Bank that provides banking products and services in the southwestern corner of 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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