Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) has received an average broker rating score of 2.00 (Buy) from the one analysts that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a buy recommendation.

Analysts have set a one year consensus target price of $28.00 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.55 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Guaranty Federal Bancshares an industry rank of 157 out of 256 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of analysts have issued reports on GFED shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 18th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 21st. TheStreet raised shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from a “c” rating to a “b-” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 18th. Finally, Raymond James lifted their price objective on shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares from $27.00 to $28.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 22nd.

An institutional investor recently raised its position in Guaranty Federal Bancshares stock. Alliancebernstein L.P. increased its position in shares of Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:GFED) by 54.9% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 102,391 shares of the financial services provider’s stock after purchasing an additional 36,296 shares during the period. Alliancebernstein L.P. owned approximately 2.30% of Guaranty Federal Bancshares worth $2,457,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 27.75% of the company’s stock.

GFED stock traded up $0.10 on Friday, hitting $21.70. The company had a trading volume of 1,403 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,934. Guaranty Federal Bancshares has a 12-month low of $20.11 and a 12-month high of $27.39. The company has a current ratio of 1.06, a quick ratio of 1.06 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.51. The stock has a market capitalization of $93.40 million, a P/E ratio of 14.86 and a beta of 0.03.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares (NASDAQ:GFED) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.54 by $0.34. The company had revenue of $12.19 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $10.10 million. Guaranty Federal Bancshares had a net margin of 12.28% and a return on equity of 11.95%. As a group, equities analysts predict that Guaranty Federal Bancshares will post 2.22 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, January 14th. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 4th will be paid a $0.13 dividend. This is a boost from Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.12. This represents a $0.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.40%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, January 3rd. Guaranty Federal Bancshares’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 35.62%.

Guaranty Federal Bancshares Company Profile

Guaranty Federal Bancshares, Inc operates as the bank holding company for Guaranty Bank that provides banking products and services in the southwestern corner of 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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