There is no doubt that Genius Brands International Inc. (GNUS) ticks all the boxes.

Genius Brands International Inc. (NASDAQ: GNUS) stock jumped 6.43% on Friday to $0.69 against a previous-day closing price of $0.65. With 2.0 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 1.38 million shares. During the session, the Entertainment company that operates in wider Communication Services sector, reached to the highest price of $0.6900 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $0.6501. The 52-week range on GNUS shows that it touched its highest point at $1.24 and its lowest point at $0.45 during that stretch. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.96.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of GNUS was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 9.18%, but this was up by 21.05% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 9.52% while six-month performance fell -3.99%. The stock lost -31.68% in the past year, while it has gained 48.39% so far this year.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 317.28 million GNUS shares are outstanding with a float of 295.53 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 36.56 million, which was 11.54% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Andrew A. Heyward as the firm’s Chairman & CEO, Mr. Robert L. Denton serves as its Chief Financial Officer.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 12.11% of GNUS’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 6.07% of GNUS, in contrast to 5.81% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 4.73%. As the largest shareholder in GNUS with 4.38% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 13,978,033 shares worth 13,978,033. A second-largest stockholder of GNUS, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 4,810,289 shares, controlling over 1.51% of the firm’s shares. Millennium Management LLC is the third largest shareholder in GNUS, holding 3,104,749 shares or 0.97% stake. With a 2.95% stake in GNUS, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index is the largest stakeholder. A total of 9,400,020 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Extended Market Index Fu, which owns about 1.29% of GNUS stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 4,117,995 shares valued at 1.91 million. Fidelity Extended Market Index Fu holds 0.48% of the stake in GNUS, owning 1,542,448 shares worth 0.72 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for GNUS since 1 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 1 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 0 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 0 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 0 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With GNUS analysts setting a high price target of $5.00 and a low target of $5.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $5.00. Based on these targets, GNUS could surge 624.64% to reach the target high and rise by 624.64% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 624.64% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. GNUS will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/28/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of -$0.10 being high and -$0.10 being low. For GNUS, this leads to a yearly average estimate of -$0.10. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Genius Brands International Inc. surprised analysts by -$0.01 when it reported -$0.04 EPS against a consensus estimate of -$0.03. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is -$0.01 and the low estimate is -$0.01. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus -$0.01.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded GNUS stock several times over the past three months with 4 Buys and 0 Sells. In these transactions, 1,267,166 shares were bought while 0 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 6 while that of sell transactions has risen to 1 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 1,772,626 while 5,460 shares were sold.

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