Smith Asset Management Group LP increased its position in Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) by 560.7% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 4,242 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after buying an additional 3,600 shares during the period. Smith Asset Management Group LP’s holdings in Great Southern Bancorp were worth $227,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 3.2% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 601,801 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $30,391,000 after buying an additional 18,838 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 5.9% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 524,337 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $26,479,000 after buying an additional 29,241 shares during the last quarter. Columbia Wanger Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 6.7% in the first quarter. Columbia Wanger Asset Management LLC now owns 230,513 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $11,641,000 after buying an additional 14,512 shares during the last quarter. LSV Asset Management increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 58.7% in the first quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 163,291 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $8,246,000 after buying an additional 60,391 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 5.6% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 119,743 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $6,047,000 after buying an additional 6,384 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 39.91% of the company’s stock.

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ GSBC) opened at 49.35 on Wednesday. Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. has a 52 week low of $38.35 and a 52 week high of $56.70. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $52.41 and its 200-day moving average price is $50.99. The company has a market capitalization of $692.68 million, a P/E ratio of 13.83 and a beta of 1.08.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 19th. The financial services provider reported $1.14 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.77 by $0.37. The business had revenue of $53.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $49.78 million. Great Southern Bancorp had a return on equity of 11.62% and a net margin of 22.84%. On average, equities analysts forecast that Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. will post $3.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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GSBC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, April 20th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th.

In related news, Director William V. Turner sold 10,800 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 25th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.76, for a total transaction of $569,808.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 173,853 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,172,484.28. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director William V. Turner sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.73, for a total value of $263,650.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 173,853 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,167,268.69. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 15,851 shares of company stock valued at $836,004 in the last 90 days. 23.78% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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