Santander Consumer USA (SC) Earns Media Sentiment Rating of 0.09

News headlines about Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group rates the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Santander Consumer USA earned a daily sentiment score of 0.09 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6379922047052 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

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A number of research analysts recently issued reports on SC shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Santander Consumer USA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 target price on the stock in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. Oppenheimer started coverage on Santander Consumer USA in a report on Monday, January 8th. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $25.00 target price on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a report on Thursday, February 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Santander Consumer USA from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and dropped their price target for the stock from $20.50 to $16.00 in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Barclays set a $18.00 price target on Santander Consumer USA and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Santander Consumer USA has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $18.77.

Shares of Santander Consumer USA stock traded down $0.66 on Thursday, reaching $16.16. The company had a trading volume of 2,095,061 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,163,151. The stock has a market cap of $6,054.61, a PE ratio of 4.90, a P/E/G ratio of 4.23 and a beta of 1.14. Santander Consumer USA has a 1 year low of $11.12 and a 1 year high of $19.02.

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by ($0.03). Santander Consumer USA had a return on equity of 11.37% and a net margin of 18.09%. The company had revenue of $1.62 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.58 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.17 EPS. analysts expect that Santander Consumer USA will post 1.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 12th were paid a dividend of $0.05 per share. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.24%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, February 9th. This is a boost from Santander Consumer USA’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. Santander Consumer USA’s payout ratio is 6.06%.

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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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