Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. (NYSE:AVAL) was upgraded by equities research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued on Monday.

AVAL has been the subject of a number of other reports. BidaskClub lowered shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Citigroup Inc. upgraded Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd.

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores (NYSE:AVAL) opened at 8.89 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $8.98 and its 200 day moving average is $8.50. The company has a market capitalization of $9.90 billion, a PE ratio of 14.34 and a beta of 0.55. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores has a one year low of $7.18 and a one year high of $9.38.

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A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Citadel Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 13.7% during the second quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 15,201 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $126,000 after buying an additional 1,830 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its holdings in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 0.8% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 335,139 shares of the bank’s stock worth $2,775,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares in the last quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 0.5% in the second quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 541,198 shares of the bank’s stock worth $4,482,000 after buying an additional 2,930 shares in the last quarter. Trexquant Investment LP lifted its holdings in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 35.4% in the first quarter. Trexquant Investment LP now owns 21,471 shares of the bank’s stock worth $175,000 after buying an additional 5,611 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its holdings in shares of Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 121.6% in the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 20,142 shares of the bank’s stock worth $165,000 after buying an additional 11,051 shares in the last quarter. 21.96% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores

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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