NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Great Southern Bancorp (Nasdaq: GSBC) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from buy to hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and disappointing return on equity. Great Southern Bancorp, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for Great Southern Bank that offers banking products and services to household consumers and businesses in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.8, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 23.3. Great Southern has a market cap of $29 million and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. You can view the full Great Southern Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.