Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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Banco Santander

(

SAN

) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Banco Santander rose 30 cents (4.5%) to $7.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.3 million shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.82-$7.09 after having opened the day at $6.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.72. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Broadway Financial

(

BYFC

), up 15.1%,

VelocityShares 3x Long Crude ETN

(

UWTI

), up 7.4%,

Crescent Financial

(

CRFN

), up 6.9%, and

Plumas Bancorp

(

PLBC

), up 6.7%.

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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 $64.63 billion and is part of the

financial

sector. Shares are down 91% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Banco Santander a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander as a

hold

. 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 negative front,

Porter Bancorp

(

PBIB

), down 16.3%,

Credit Suisse

(

DSLV

), down 13.1%,

Atlantic Coast Financial

(

ACFC

), down 11.9%, and

Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania

(

RBPAA

), down 8.2%, were all laggards within the banking industry with

Regions Financial Corporation

(

RF

) being today's banking industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider

KBW Bank ETF

(

KBE

) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider

ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng

(

KRS

).

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