Santander Consumer USA (SC) Given Daily Media Sentiment Score of 0.15

Media headlines about Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Santander Consumer USA earned a coverage optimism score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.5896825341301 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

SC has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Citigroup raised their price objective on shares of Santander Consumer USA from $16.00 to $17.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Santander Consumer USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, January 23rd. Oppenheimer initiated coverage on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a research note on Monday, January 8th. They set a “hold” rating for the company. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a “buy” rating and set a $25.00 target price on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a research note on Thursday. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Santander Consumer USA from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $20.50 to $16.00 in a research note on Friday, January 12th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Santander Consumer USA presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $18.90.

Shares of Santander Consumer USA (SC) traded down $0.37 during trading hours on Monday, hitting $16.52. 3,534,472 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,575,170. The firm has a market cap of $5,950.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 5.01, a P/E/G ratio of 4.17 and a beta of 1.15. Santander Consumer USA has a 52 week low of $11.12 and a 52 week high of $19.02.

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.30 by ($0.03). Santander Consumer USA had a net margin of 18.09% and a return on equity of 11.78%. The company had revenue of $1.62 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.58 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.17 EPS. research analysts expect that Santander Consumer USA will post 2.03 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Investors of record on Monday, February 12th will be paid a $0.05 dividend. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.21%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 9th. This is a positive change from Santander Consumer USA’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. Santander Consumer USA’s payout ratio is presently 3.64%.

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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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