Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GSBC) has been assigned a consensus broker rating score of 3.00 (Hold) from the two analysts that provide coverage for the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating.

Brokerages have set a 12 month consensus price target of $57.00 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.82 EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Great Southern Bancorp an industry rank of 97 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Sandler O’Neill lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $52.00 price target on shares of Great Southern Bancorp in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Great Southern Bancorp from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 18th.

In related news, insider Rex A. Copeland sold 5,250 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, October 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.00, for a total transaction of $288,750.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 24,698 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,358,390. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Douglas W. Marrs sold 625 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.95, for a total transaction of $34,968.75. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 2,531 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $141,609.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 6,500 shares of company stock valued at $357,894. Company insiders own 23.78% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in Great Southern Bancorp by 3.2% during the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 644,928 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $35,890,000 after purchasing an additional 20,265 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in Great Southern Bancorp by 3.8% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 544,037 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $29,106,000 after purchasing an additional 19,700 shares during the last quarter. Walthausen & Co. LLC lifted its stake in Great Southern Bancorp by 9.0% during the third quarter. Walthausen & Co. LLC now owns 231,249 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $12,869,000 after purchasing an additional 19,150 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its stake in Great Southern Bancorp by 5.5% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 223,346 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $11,949,000 after purchasing an additional 11,691 shares during the last quarter. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company lifted its stake in Great Southern Bancorp by 1.5% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 220,124 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $11,776,000 after purchasing an additional 3,282 shares during the last quarter. 40.90% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) opened at $52.05 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $731.77, a P/E ratio of 14.46 and a beta of 1.03. Great Southern Bancorp has a one year low of $47.25 and a one year high of $58.45. The company has a quick ratio of 1.08, a current ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59.

Great Southern Bancorp (NASDAQ:GSBC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. The financial services provider reported $0.82 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.82. The company had revenue of $46.94 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $46.30 million. Great Southern Bancorp had a net margin of 23.03% and a return on equity of 11.46%. research analysts anticipate that Great Southern Bancorp will post 3.58 earnings per share for the current year.

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Great Southern Bancorp Company Profile

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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