Shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) have been given an average broker rating score of 2.17 (Buy) from the three brokers that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company.

Brokers have set a one year consensus target price of $9.75 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.21 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S an industry rank of 106 out of 256 based on the ratings given to related companies.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Investar from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $27.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, June 4th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Zosano Pharma from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 1st.

Shares of NYSE:AVAL traded down $0.12 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $8.09. The company had a trading volume of 38,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 133,460. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 1.05 and a quick ratio of 1.05. The company’s fifty day simple moving average is $7.63. The stock has a market cap of $2.92 billion, a PE ratio of 10.11 and a beta of 0.97. GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S has a one year low of $5.59 and a one year high of $8.51.

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 25th. The bank reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The business had revenue of $1.41 billion during the quarter. GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S had a net margin of 11.95% and a return on equity of 12.89%. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S will post 0.86 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AVAL. Norges Bank bought a new stake in GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S during the fourth quarter valued at $11,970,000. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. increased its stake in GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S by 121.0% during the fourth quarter. D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc. now owns 231,868 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,368,000 after purchasing an additional 126,936 shares during the last quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP bought a new stake in GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S during the fourth quarter valued at $684,000. Deutsche Bank AG increased its stake in GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S by 224.4% during the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 129,100 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $761,000 after purchasing an additional 89,308 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bailard Inc. increased its stake in GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S by 71.0% during the first quarter. Bailard Inc. now owns 197,300 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $1,537,000 after purchasing an additional 81,904 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 17.90% of the company’s stock.

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S Company Profile

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA provides a range of financial services and products to public and private sector customers in Colombia and Central America. The company's deposit products and services include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time deposits, as well as other deposits consisting of deposits from correspondent accounts, cashier checks, and collection services.

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