Shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) have received an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’ rating score has declined by 50% in the last 90 days as a result of a number of analysts’ ratings changes.

Zacks has also given Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 195 out of 254 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

GFED has been the subject of several research reports. ValuEngine raised Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, June 1st. Raymond James cut Guaranty Federal Bancshares from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 17th. TheStreet cut Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Thursday, March 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Acadian Asset Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 69.9% in the 4th quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 2,034 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $51,000 after purchasing an additional 837 shares during the period. State Street Corp boosted its position in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 7.8% in the 4th quarter. State Street Corp now owns 13,806 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $348,000 after purchasing an additional 995 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its position in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 18.9% in the 4th quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 46,029 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,160,000 after purchasing an additional 7,328 shares during the period. Finally, EJF Capital LLC boosted its position in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 5.1% in the 4th quarter. EJF Capital LLC now owns 105,050 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,647,000 after purchasing an additional 5,050 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 26.75% of the company’s stock.

Shares of GFED remained flat at $$15.85 during trading hours on Monday. The stock had a trading volume of 171 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,712. The company has a market cap of $69.20 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.44 and a beta of 0.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89, a current ratio of 0.94 and a quick ratio of 0.93. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 52 week low of $12.70 and a 52 week high of $26.93. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $14.91 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $19.59.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, April 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.08. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a return on equity of 11.20% and a net margin of 17.88%. The business had revenue of $9.81 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.00 million. On average, research analysts forecast that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 0.77 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About Guaranty Federal Bancshares

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Guaranty Bank that provides a range of banking and mortgage services to individual and corporate customers in southwest 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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