Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) has been assigned a consensus broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the one brokers that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a buy rating.

Analysts have set a 1-year consensus price objective of $16.00 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.01 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 181 out of 254 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

GFED has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 13th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 30th. TheStreet cut shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Thursday, March 26th. Finally, Raymond James reduced their price target on shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from $23.00 to $16.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a report on Monday, April 27th.

In related news, Director John F. Griesemer purchased 5,010 shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 20th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $16.40 per share, for a total transaction of $82,164.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director John F. Griesemer acquired 5,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 25th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $23.89 per share, with a total value of $131,395.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have purchased 11,425 shares of company stock worth $227,621. 29.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. EJF Capital LLC increased its stake 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 acquiring an additional 5,050 shares in the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC grew its position in 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. State Street Corp grew its position in Guaranty Federal Bancshares by 11.2% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 15,351 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $227,000 after purchasing an additional 1,545 shares during the period. Acadian Asset Management LLC grew its position in 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. Finally, Sugarloaf Wealth Management LLC acquired a new stake in Guaranty Federal Bancshares in the 4th quarter valued at $25,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 26.46% of the company’s stock.

NASDAQ:GFED opened at $14.30 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $65.21 million, a PE ratio of 6.71 and a beta of 0.64. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 12 month low of $12.70 and a 12 month high of $26.93. The company has a quick ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.89. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $14.35 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $21.24.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 23rd. The financial services provider reported $0.49 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.08. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a net margin of 17.88% and a return on equity of 11.20%. The firm had revenue of $9.81 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.00 million. On average, research analysts expect that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 0.85 EPS 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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