Banco Santander Chile (SAN): Today's Featured Financial Winner

The financial sector closed the day down 2.4%. Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury ( UST), Northern States Financial ( NSFC), and ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Commodity ( CMD) were all winners today within the financial sector with Banco Santander Chile ( SAN) being today's featured financial winner. Banco Santander Chile rose 47 cents (0.6%) to $74.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 308,126 shares of Banco Santander Chile exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 227,100 shares.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander Chile has a market cap of $13.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Banco Santander Chile as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and premium valuation.

On the negative front, ProShares Ultra KBW Regional Banking ( KRU), Bank of Ireland (Governor & Company of ( IRE), Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS), and CIFC ( DFR) were all losers within the financial sector with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) being today's financial sector Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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