Shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (NYSE:RBS) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the eleven analysts that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $7.50.

RBS has been the subject of several research reports. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 10th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Royal Bank of Scotland Group from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, January 25th. Morgan Stanley cut Royal Bank of Scotland Group from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Monday, February 11th. Finally, Bank of America upgraded Royal Bank of Scotland Group from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 18th.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in RBS. Advisor Partners LLC grew its holdings in shares of Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 22.9% during the first quarter. Advisor Partners LLC now owns 15,027 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $98,000 after purchasing an additional 2,796 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 5.8% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 4,326,539 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $24,185,000 after buying an additional 236,472 shares in the last quarter. Jane Street Group LLC boosted its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 349.1% in the fourth quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 1,472,631 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $8,138,000 after buying an additional 1,144,699 shares in the last quarter. Two Sigma Securities LLC boosted its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 82.3% in the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Securities LLC now owns 45,070 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $252,000 after buying an additional 20,346 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Advisers LP boosted its stake in Royal Bank of Scotland Group by 17.5% in the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 120,400 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $673,000 after buying an additional 17,900 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 0.55% of the company’s stock.

NYSE RBS traded down $0.06 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $6.85. 557,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 903,879. The stock has a market cap of $41.63 billion, a P/E ratio of 14.27 and a beta of 1.08. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23, a quick ratio of 0.97 and a current ratio of 0.97. Royal Bank of Scotland Group has a fifty-two week low of $4.98 and a fifty-two week high of $8.14.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group (NYSE:RBS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 15th. The financial services provider reported $0.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.15 by ($0.09). Royal Bank of Scotland Group had a net margin of 12.91% and a return on equity of 5.21%. The firm had revenue of $3.93 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.29 billion. Analysts predict that Royal Bank of Scotland Group will post 0.82 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a special dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, April 30th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 22nd will be given a dividend of $0.1961 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 21st. Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s dividend payout ratio is presently 35.42%.

Royal Bank of Scotland Group Company Profile

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and financial products and services to personal, commercial, corporate, and institutional customers worldwide. It operates through Personal & Business Banking, Commercial & Private Banking, RBS International, and NatWest Markets segments.

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