Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Santander Consumer USA (SC) Stock Price

Media stories about Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Santander Consumer USA earned a news sentiment score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 43.5073748396949 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) traded down $0.09 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $17.82. 1,360,000 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,583,181. Santander Consumer USA has a 12-month low of $11.12 and a 12-month high of $18.73. The company has a market cap of $6,414.26, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.18 and a beta of 1.33.

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Friday, October 27th. The financial services provider reported $0.48 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.35 by $0.13. The company had revenue of $1.19 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.11 billion. Santander Consumer USA had a net margin of 10.17% and a return on equity of 11.33%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 4.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.56 EPS. analysts forecast that Santander Consumer USA will post 1.96 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, November 17th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 7th were issued a $0.03 dividend. This represents a $0.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.67%. The ex-dividend date was Monday, November 6th. Santander Consumer USA’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 6.45%.

SC has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Santander Consumer USA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. Citigroup boosted their price target on shares of Santander Consumer USA from $16.00 to $17.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Stephens restated an “equal weight” rating and set a $14.00 price target on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Piper Jaffray Companies upgraded shares of Santander Consumer USA from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $14.00 to $17.00 in a research note on Wednesday, August 30th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $18.00 target price on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a research note on Friday, August 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Santander Consumer USA has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $17.50.

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About Santander Consumer USA

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc is the holding company for Santander Consumer USA Inc, and subsidiaries, a consumer finance company focused on vehicle finance and third party servicing. The Company operates through Consumer Finance segment. Its Consumer Finance business is focused on vehicle financial products and services, including retail installment contracts, vehicle leases, and dealer loans, as well as financial products and services related to motorcycles, recreational vehicles (RVs), and marine vehicles.

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