Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA (NYSE:AVAL) has earned an average broker rating score of 2.83 (Hold) from the three analysts that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a strong sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores’ rating score has improved by 5.7% from three months ago as a result of a number of analysts’ upgrades and downgrades.

Brokerages have set a 1 year consensus price target of $8.50 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.14 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores an industry rank of 87 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several research firms have commented on AVAL. ValuEngine upgraded Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. BidaskClub downgraded Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th.

Shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores (NYSE:AVAL) traded up $0.07 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $8.69. The company had a trading volume of 111,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 166,812. The company has a current ratio of 1.05, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.73. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores has a 52-week low of $7.42 and a 52-week high of $9.38. The stock has a market capitalization of $3,060.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 13.37 and a beta of 0.51.

The business also recently announced a special dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 9th. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, February 28th will be paid a $0.0334 dividend. This represents a dividend yield of 4.47%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, February 27th.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AVAL. OxFORD Asset Management LLP acquired a new stake in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the 3rd quarter worth about $224,000. Schroder Investment Management Group increased its position in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 13.1% during the third quarter. Schroder Investment Management Group now owns 1,023,077 shares of the bank’s stock worth $9,146,000 after buying an additional 118,596 shares during the period. SG Americas Securities LLC acquired a new position in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the third quarter worth approximately $110,000. Teacher Retirement System of Texas increased its position in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 18.8% during the third quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 475,000 shares of the bank’s stock worth $4,261,000 after buying an additional 75,000 shares during the period. Finally, Aperio Group LLC increased its position in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 18.2% during the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 253,547 shares of the bank’s stock worth $2,274,000 after buying an additional 39,076 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 21.92% of the company’s stock.

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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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