There is no doubt that Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. (AVAL) ticks all the boxes.

Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. (NYSE: AVAL) stock jumped 4.02% on Monday to $2.59 against a previous-day closing price of $2.49. With 0.19 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 0.14 million shares. During the session, the Banks – Regional company that operates in wider Financial sector, reached to the highest price of $2.6350 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $2.5200. The 52-week range on AVAL shows that it touched its highest point at $5.30 and its lowest point at $1.96 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $3.65. With its current market cap of 2.95 billion, AVAL has annualized dividend of $0.52 while the current yield stands at 20.04%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.15.

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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 AVAL was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 5.28%, but this was up by 12.61% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 10.21% while six-month performance fell -24.49%. The stock lost -35.54% in the past year, while it has gained 2.37% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for AVAL yields 0.47 with Next year EPS estimates of 0.42.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 1.19 billion AVAL shares are outstanding with a float of 393.54 million shares on hand for trading. On Dec 29, 2022, short shares totaled 0.18 million, which was 0.02% higher than short shares on Nov 29, 2022. In addition to Mr. Luis Carlos Sarmiento Gutierrez as the firm’s Pres, Mr. Diego Fernando Solano Saravia serves as its Chief Financial Officer.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 0.90% of AVAL’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 0.60% of AVAL, in contrast to 0.20% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for –. As the largest shareholder in AVAL with 0.26% of the stake, Renaissance Technologies LLC holds 975,772 shares worth 975,772. A second-largest stockholder of AVAL, The Vanguard Group, Inc., holds 586,334 shares, controlling over 0.16% of the firm’s shares. Aperio Group LLC is the third largest shareholder in AVAL, holding 302,467 shares or 0.08% stake. With a 0.11% stake in AVAL, the Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock I is the largest stakeholder. A total of 406,251 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Total International Stoc, which owns about 0.04% of AVAL stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 158,187 shares valued at 0.4 million. DFA Emerging Markets Core Equity holds 0.01% of the stake in AVAL, owning 32,036 shares worth 81051.0.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for AVAL since 5 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 1 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 4 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 AVAL analysts setting a high price target of $3.55 and a low target of $2.95, the average target price over the next 12 months is $3.21. Based on these targets, AVAL could surge 37.07% to reach the target high and rise by 13.9% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 23.94% 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. AVAL will report FY 2022 earnings on 03/14/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $0.66 being high and $0.33 being low. For AVAL, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $0.54. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores S.A. surprised analysts by -$0.03 when it reported $0.07 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.10. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was -$0.01. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $0.13 and the low estimate is $0.09. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $0.10.

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