Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) was upgraded by equities researchers at ValuEngine from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report issued on Friday.

GNUS has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Genius Brands International from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $3.50 price objective for the company in a research report on Wednesday, August 30th. Westpark Capital restated an “outperform” rating and set a $7.00 price objective on shares of Genius Brands International in a research report on Thursday, September 7th.

Shares of Genius Brands International (NASDAQ GNUS) traded down $0.03 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $2.94. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 5,323 shares, compared to its average volume of 39,164. Genius Brands International has a 12-month low of $2.64 and a 12-month high of $6.60. The company has a quick ratio of 2.12, a current ratio of 2.13 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.24.

Genius Brands International (NASDAQ:GNUS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 15th. The company reported ($0.20) earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.26) by $0.06. Genius Brands International had a negative return on equity of 49.40% and a negative net margin of 642.35%. The firm had revenue of $0.26 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $0.19 million. equities analysts expect that Genius Brands International will post -0.53 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CEO Andy Heyward acquired 25,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, October 13th. The shares were bought at an average price of $3.53 per share, with a total value of $88,250.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Andrew A. Heyward acquired 7,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 9th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $3.39 per share, for a total transaction of $25,425.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders bought a total of 106,097 shares of company stock worth $374,278 in the last three months. Company insiders own 60.00% of the company’s stock.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Genius Brands International stock. Bard Associates Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Genius Brands International, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNUS) by 1.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 634,603 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 6,550 shares during the quarter. Genius Brands International accounts for approximately 1.0% of Bard Associates Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 29th biggest position. Bard Associates Inc.’s holdings in Genius Brands International were worth $2,170,000 at the end of the most recent quarter. Institutional investors own 11.26% of the company’s stock.

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Genius Brands International Company Profile

Genius Brands International, Inc is a content and brand management company. The Company provides entertaining and enriching content and products with a purpose for toddlers to tweens. The Company produces original content and licenses the rights to that content to a range of partners. Its licensees include companies to which the audio-visual rights are licensed for exhibition in various formats, such as Pay Television, Free or Broadcast Television, video-on-demand (VOD), subscription on demand (SVOD) and digital video discs/compact discs (DVDs/CDs), and companies that develop and distribute products based on its content within different product categories, such as toys, electronics, publishing, home goods, stationary and gifts.

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