Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE:SC) shot up 3.2% during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $11.96 and last traded at $11.90, with a volume of 681,032 shares changing hands. The stock had previously closed at $11.53.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on SC. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings in a research report on Saturday, April 9th. Credit Suisse Group AG reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings in a report on Saturday, April 2nd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upped their price objective on shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings from $12.00 to $14.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, April 28th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings in a report on Saturday, May 14th. Finally, Barclays PLC reissued an “overweight” rating and issued a $15.00 price objective on shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings in a report on Friday. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Santander Consumer USA Holdings presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $16.79.

The stock has a market cap of $4.28 billion and a PE ratio of 5.47. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $11.13 and its 200 day moving average is $11.40.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings (NYSE:SC) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, April 27th. The company reported $0.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.56 by $0.03. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.81 EPS. The firm earned $1.27 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.65 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts forecast that Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. will post $2.22 EPS for the current year.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in SC. Marshall Wace LLP increased its position in shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings by 208.9% in the fourth quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 118,919 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,885,000 after buying an additional 80,424 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its position in shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 169,569 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,688,000 after buying an additional 2,640 shares during the last quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its position in shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings by 61.9% in the fourth quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 188,394 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,986,000 after buying an additional 72,052 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its position in shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings by 1.2% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 569,800 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,031,000 after buying an additional 6,600 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings by 10.7% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,049,746 shares of the company’s stock valued at $16,639,000 after buying an additional 101,537 shares during the last quarter.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc is a holding company. The Company is a specialized consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance and unsecured consumer lending products. The Company offers various auto financing products and services to Chrysler customers and dealers under the Chrysler Capital brand.

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