Media stories about Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) have trended somewhat negative this week, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Great Southern Bancorp earned a daily sentiment score of -0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.9005056653527 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Shares of Great Southern Bancorp (GSBC) traded down $0.20 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $51.50. 11,200 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 24,043. Great Southern Bancorp has a 52 week low of $44.70 and a 52 week high of $58.45. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59. The stock has a market capitalization of $720.08, a PE ratio of 14.36 and a beta of 1.06.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.82. Great Southern Bancorp had a net margin of 23.03% and a return on equity of 11.46%. The company had revenue of $46.94 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $46.30 million. analysts predict that Great Southern Bancorp will post 3.58 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, October 16th. Investors of record on Monday, October 2nd were issued a $0.24 dividend. This represents a $0.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.86%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, September 29th. Great Southern Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 26.67%.

GSBC has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $53.00 price target on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a report on Friday, July 21st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. BidaskClub cut shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Sandler O’Neill cut shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call.

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In other news, VP Douglas W. Marrs sold 625 shares of Great Southern Bancorp stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $54.68, for a total transaction of $34,175.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 2,531 shares in the company, valued at approximately $138,395.08. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, insider Rex A. Copeland sold 5,250 shares of Great Southern Bancorp stock in a transaction on Thursday, October 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total transaction of $288,750.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 24,698 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,358,390. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 23.78% of the company’s stock.

About Great Southern Bancorp

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc is a bank holding company, a financial holding company and the parent of Great Southern Bank (the Bank). Through the Bank and subsidiaries of the Bank, the Company offers insurance, travel, investment and related services. The Bank makes long-term, fixed-rate residential real estate loans.

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