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

The financial sector closed the day up 0.3%. Carver Bancorp Inc ( CARV), Waccamaw Bankshares Inc ( WBNK), Southwest Bancorp Inc ( OKSB), and New Century Bancorp Inc ( NCBC) were all decliners today within the financial sector with Banco Santander Chile ( SAN) being today's featured financial loser. Banco Santander Chile fell $1.48 (-2%) to $73.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 228,496 shares of Banco Santander Chile exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 235,700 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 $13.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 18.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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 positive front, Park Bancorp Inc ( PFED), Oak Ridge Financial Services ( BKOR), Millennium India Acquisition Company Incor ( SMCG), and Banner ( BANR) were all gainers within the financial sector with JPMorgan Chase ( JPM) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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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