Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores (NYSE:AVAL) was upgraded by research analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday.

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. BidaskClub lowered Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th.

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores (NYSE:AVAL) traded up $0.09 during trading on Friday, hitting $8.24. The stock had a trading volume of 279,097 shares, compared to its average volume of 152,946. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores has a 52-week low of $7.42 and a 52-week high of $9.38. The company has a quick ratio of 1.04, a current ratio of 1.04 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69. The company has a market capitalization of $2,893.11, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.68 and a beta of 0.51.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of AVAL. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new stake in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the third quarter valued at $110,000. Citadel Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores by 13.7% during the second quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 15,201 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $126,000 after buying an additional 1,830 shares during the period. Wetherby Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the second quarter valued at $144,000. Bank of New York Mellon Corp purchased a new stake in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the second quarter valued at about $156,000. Finally, Comerica Bank purchased a new stake in Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores during the second quarter valued at about $162,000. 21.84% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA is a Colombia-based holding company primarily engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the acquisition, purchase and sale of stocks, bonds and other securities of companies active in the financial sector. The Company provides a variety of financial services and products across the Colombian market, ranging from traditional banking services, such as loans and deposits to pension and severance fund management, as well as the provision of legal representation services.The Company owns such subsidiaries as Banco de Bogota SA, Banco Popular SA, among others.

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