GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) Short Interest Update

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) was the target of a large decrease in short interest in the month of September. As of September 30th, there was short interest totalling 138,400 shares, a decrease of 30.3% from the September 15th total of 198,700 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 146,300 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is presently 0.9 days.

A number of analysts have weighed in on AVAL shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 29th. ValuEngine cut GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 12th.

Shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S stock traded up $0.05 on Friday, reaching $4.63. 84,894 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 325,060. The company has a market capitalization of $5.16 billion, a P/E ratio of 7.12 and a beta of 1.24. GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S has a 52 week low of $3.32 and a 52 week high of $8.92. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $4.78 and its two-hundred day moving average is $4.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84, a quick ratio of 1.03 and a current ratio of 1.03.

GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S (NYSE:AVAL) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 27th. The bank reported $0.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.09 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $1.10 billion for the quarter. GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S had a return on equity of 7.45% and a net margin of 9.67%. On average, analysts expect that GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S will post 0.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a monthly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, March 9th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 26th will be issued a dividend of $0.0259 per share. This represents a $0.31 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 6.71%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, February 25th. GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S’s payout ratio is 37.80%.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. US Bancorp DE lifted its holdings in shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S by 68.5% in the 1st quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 6,627 shares of the bank’s stock worth $29,000 after purchasing an additional 2,695 shares in the last quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP lifted its holdings in shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S by 7.5% in the 1st quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 68,700 shares of the bank’s stock worth $301,000 after purchasing an additional 4,800 shares in the last quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S by 42.8% in the 2nd quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 16,031 shares of the bank’s stock worth $69,000 after purchasing an additional 4,804 shares in the last quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S in the 2nd quarter worth $45,000. Finally, Tower Research Capital LLC TRC bought a new position in shares of GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S in the 1st quarter worth $45,000. Institutional investors own 4.00% of the company’s stock.

About GRUPO AVAL ACCI/S

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA provides a range of financial services and products to public and private sector customers in Colombia and Central America. The company's deposit products and services include checking accounts, savings accounts, and time deposits, as well as other deposits consisting of deposits from correspondent accounts, cashier checks, and collection services.

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