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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Banco Santander rose $0.18 (2.8%) to $6.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,944,897 shares of Banco Santander exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,910,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $6.62-$6.75 after having opened the day at $6.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $6.52. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 19.8%, Capital City Bank Group ( CCBG), up 8.0%, LSB Financial Corporation ( LSBI), up 7.9% and MetroCorp ( MCBI), up 7.2%.

Banco Santander-Chile provides commercial and retail banking services to corporate and individual customers in Chile. Banco Santander has a market cap of $69.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 20.2% 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, Credit Suisse ( DOIL), down 12.4%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 9.2%, Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), down 7.3% and WVS Financial ( WVFC), down 6.5% , were all laggards within the banking industry with Ocwen Financial Corporation ( OCN) 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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