Shares of Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) have received an average broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two brokers that cover the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation.

Brokerages have set a 12-month consensus price target of $54.50 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post $0.79 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Great Southern Bancorp an industry rank of 102 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 25th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a research note on Thursday, April 20th.

In related news, Director William V. Turner sold 1,700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, April 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $53.15, for a total transaction of $90,355.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 180,553 shares in the company, valued at approximately $9,596,391.95. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director William V. Turner sold 3,300 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.13, for a total value of $168,729.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 182,153 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $9,313,482.89. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have sold 18,025 shares of company stock valued at $942,598. 24.15% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in GSBC. AQR Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 23.1% in the first quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 63,916 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $3,228,000 after buying an additional 12,014 shares in the last quarter. Bank of America Corp DE boosted its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 4.9% in the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 3,254 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $164,000 after buying an additional 152 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in Great Southern Bancorp by 4.8% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 48,218 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $2,436,000 after buying an additional 2,217 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its position in 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 in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its position in 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 in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 36.42% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) traded down 1.97% during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $49.65. 4,007 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock has a market cap of $696.74 million, a P/E ratio of 14.96 and a beta of 1.10. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $50.22 and its 200-day moving average price is $50.47. Great Southern Bancorp has a 52-week low of $34.48 and a 52-week high of $56.70.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, April 19th. The financial services provider reported $0.81 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $46.40 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $46.74 million. Great Southern Bancorp had a return on equity of 10.96% and a net margin of 21.22%. On average, equities research analysts expect that Great Southern Bancorp will post $3.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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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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