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Banco Santander



) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Banco Santander fell $0.20 (-2.7%) to $7.13 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,236,604 shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,416,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.10-$7.22 after having opened the day at $7.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.33. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were:

Credit Suisse



), down 14.8%,




), down 9.0%,

Porter Bancorp



), down 7.9% and

Broadway Financial



), down 7.9%.

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Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander has a market cap of $73.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, premium valuation and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front,

Old Second Bancorp



), down 30.0%,

National Bank of Greece



), down 21.3%,

EverBank Financial



), down 10.6% and

Summit Financial Group



), down 8.5% , were all gainers within the banking industry with




) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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