Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (NYSE:BBVA) gapped up prior to trading on Thursday . The stock had previously closed at $5.78, but opened at $6.06. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria shares last traded at $6.35, with a volume of 4522414 shares trading hands.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 26th. ValuEngine raised shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 2nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 4th. Finally, UBS Group lowered shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 14th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $7.90.

The company has a market cap of $39.93 billion, a PE ratio of 8.70, a PEG ratio of 0.83 and a beta of 0.96. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.20, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 0.26.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of BBVA. Millennium Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 5,967.8% in the 1st quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 1,817,372 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $14,357,000 after purchasing an additional 1,787,421 shares during the last quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 4.3% in the 1st quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 42,001,734 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $331,814,000 after purchasing an additional 1,729,566 shares during the last quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 745.9% during the 1st quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC now owns 1,388,630 shares of the bank’s stock worth $1,389,000 after acquiring an additional 1,224,463 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 16.1% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 5,555,748 shares of the bank’s stock worth $43,890,000 after acquiring an additional 770,298 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 60.7% during the 1st quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,301,397 shares of the bank’s stock worth $10,281,000 after acquiring an additional 491,771 shares during the last quarter. 3.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (NYSE:BBVA)

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, SA, together with its subsidiaries, provides retail and wholesale banking, asset management, and private banking services. The company accepts various deposits, such as current and savings accounts, fixed-term deposits, subordinated deposits, and other accounts. It also offers loan products; and foreclosed real-estate assets from residential mortgages and developers, as well as lending to developers.

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