Shares of Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN) have been given a consensus recommendation of “Hold” by the five research firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation and two have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $6.20.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Banco Santander from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, July 26th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods downgraded shares of Banco Santander from an “outperform” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 2nd. Finally, ValuEngine raised shares of Banco Santander from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, November 1st.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Private Advisor Group LLC lifted its holdings in Banco Santander by 253.5% during the second quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 25,152 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $134,000 after purchasing an additional 18,037 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its holdings in Banco Santander by 121.5% during the third quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 31,865 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $159,000 after purchasing an additional 17,477 shares in the last quarter. Harrington Investments INC lifted its holdings in Banco Santander by 53.0% during the third quarter. Harrington Investments INC now owns 35,555 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $178,000 after purchasing an additional 12,310 shares in the last quarter. Hilltop Holdings Inc. lifted its holdings in Banco Santander by 40.5% during the third quarter. Hilltop Holdings Inc. now owns 36,255 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $181,000 after purchasing an additional 10,446 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SP Asset Management purchased a new position in Banco Santander during the second quarter valued at approximately $186,000. 1.62% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

SAN opened at $4.64 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 1.42, a quick ratio of 1.42 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.01. The company has a market capitalization of $77.48 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.92, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.19 and a beta of 1.18. Banco Santander has a 12-month low of $4.50 and a 12-month high of $7.57.

Banco Santander (NYSE:SAN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 31st. The bank reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by ($0.01). The business had revenue of $13.63 billion during the quarter. Banco Santander had a return on equity of 7.62% and a net margin of 15.20%. On average, equities research analysts predict that Banco Santander will post 0.55 earnings per share for the current year.

About Banco Santander

Banco Santander, SA, together with its subsidiaries, provides various retail and commercial banking products and services for individual and corporate clients worldwide. It offers demand and time deposits, and current and savings accounts; certificates of deposit; mortgages, auto finance, and personal loans; working capital finance; and debit and credit cards, as well as life and non-life insurance products.

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