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

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 1.0%. By the end of trading, Banco Santander rose $0.12 (1.9%) to $6.59 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,487,214 shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,271,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.57-$6.69 after having opened the day at $6.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.47. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: AmeriServ Financial ( ASRV), up 9.5%, FNB United ( FNBN), up 8.9%, Anchor Bancorp ( ANCB), up 7.9% and Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), up 7.1%.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander has a market cap of $70.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Banco Santander a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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, Howard Bancorp Inc Md ( HBMD), down 7.9%, Citizens Holding Company ( CIZN), down 5.9%, United Community Financial Corporation ( UCFC), down 5.8% and Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), down 5.4%.

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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