ValuEngine upgraded shares of Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Friday.

A number of other research analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Genius Brands International from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 28th. Westpark Capital reiterated a buy rating on shares of Genius Brands International in a research note on Thursday, November 16th.

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) traded down $0.02 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $2.94. 5,300 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 29,059. Genius Brands International has a 52 week low of $2.64 and a 52 week high of $6.60. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24, a current ratio of 2.13 and a quick ratio of 2.12.

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, November 15th. The company reported ($0.20) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.26) by $0.06. Genius Brands International had a negative net margin of 642.35% and a negative return on equity of 49.40%. The company had revenue of $0.26 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $0.19 million. sell-side analysts anticipate that Genius Brands International will post -0.53 EPS for the current year.

In related news, CEO Andrew A. Heyward acquired 7,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 9th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $3.39 per share, for a total transaction of $25,425.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Andy Heyward acquired 14,700 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, October 11th. The stock was bought at an average price of $3.51 per share, with a total value of $51,597.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders purchased a total of 106,097 shares of company stock valued at $374,278 in the last 90 days. 60.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Genius Brands International stock. Bard Associates Inc. increased its stake in Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 634,603 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 6,550 shares during the period. Genius Brands International accounts for 1.0% of Bard Associates Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 29th largest holding. Bard Associates Inc.’s holdings in Genius Brands International were worth $2,170,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 11.26% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Genius Brands International Company Profile

Genius Brands International, Inc is a content and brand management company. The Company provides entertaining and enriching content and products with a purpose for toddlers to tweens. The Company produces original content and licenses the rights to that content to a range of partners. Its licensees include companies to which the audio-visual rights are licensed for exhibition in various formats, such as Pay Television, Free or Broadcast Television, video-on-demand (VOD), subscription on demand (SVOD) and digital video discs/compact discs (DVDs/CDs), and companies that develop and distribute products based on its content within different product categories, such as toys, electronics, publishing, home goods, stationary and gifts.

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