Shares of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) have earned a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the one analysts that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating.

Brokerages have set a 12 month consensus target price of $60.00 for the company and are forecasting that the company will post $1.19 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Great Southern Bancorp an industry rank of 162 out of 256 based on the ratings given to its competitors.

A number of research firms have commented on GSBC. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $65.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, August 6th. BidaskClub lowered Great Southern Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, June 11th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st.

Great Southern Bancorp stock traded down $1.42 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $55.43. 2,196 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 27,850. The firm’s fifty day simple moving average is $58.69. Great Southern Bancorp has a 12 month low of $43.30 and a 12 month high of $61.35. The company has a current ratio of 1.04, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.18. The company has a market cap of $815.38 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.86 and a beta of 1.05.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 17th. The financial services provider reported $1.28 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.13 by $0.15. Great Southern Bancorp had a return on equity of 14.36% and a net margin of 28.97%. The firm had revenue of $52.08 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $51.50 million. As a group, research analysts expect that Great Southern Bancorp will post 4.84 EPS for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, July 16th. Shareholders of record on Monday, July 1st were issued a $0.32 dividend. This represents a $1.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.31%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, June 28th. Great Southern Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is presently 27.18%.

In other Great Southern Bancorp news, VP John M. Bugh sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, May 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $56.71, for a total value of $56,710.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 2,790 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $158,220.90. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Kevin L. Baker sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $59.50, for a total value of $148,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 636 shares in the company, valued at approximately $37,842. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 23.23% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 0.7% in the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 37,567 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $2,248,000 after purchasing an additional 246 shares in the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 0.3% in the 2nd quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 102,692 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $6,113,000 after purchasing an additional 347 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 1.9% in the 2nd quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 21,000 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $1,257,000 after purchasing an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 22.5% in the 4th quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,397 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $110,000 after purchasing an additional 440 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Investments LP boosted its holdings in shares of Great Southern Bancorp by 12.7% in the 4th quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 5,140 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $237,000 after purchasing an additional 581 shares in the last quarter. 45.39% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Great Southern Bancorp

Great Southern Bancorp, Inc operates as a bank holding company for Great Southern Bank that offers a range of financial services in the United States. Its deposit products include regular savings accounts, checking accounts, money market accounts, fixed interest rate certificates with varying maturities, certificates of deposit, brokered certificates, and individual retirement accounts.

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