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

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Banco Santander ( SAN) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Banco Santander rose 14 cents (1.8%) to $7.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $7.74-$7.88 after having opened the day at $7.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.62. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Life Partners Holdings ( LPHI), up 16.1%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 14.4%, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), up 9.9%, and First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp ( FFNM), up 8.9%.
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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 $71.05 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 1.3% 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.

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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