Banco Santander SA (NYSE:SAN)’s share price gapped up prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $5.02, but opened at $5.09. Banco Santander shares last traded at $5.08, with a volume of 560898 shares changing hands.

Several research analysts have recently weighed in on SAN shares. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Banco Santander from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 2nd. ValuEngine lowered shares of Banco Santander from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded shares of Banco Santander to a “buy” rating and set a $6.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Saturday, February 9th. Finally, TheStreet lowered shares of Banco Santander from an “a-” rating to a “d” rating in a report on Thursday, February 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Banco Santander presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $5.75.

The company has a market capitalization of $81.65 billion, a PE ratio of 9.24, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.64 and a beta of 1.08. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.05, a current ratio of 0.31 and a quick ratio of 0.31.

Banco Santander (NYSE:SAN) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.13 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by ($0.01). Banco Santander had a net margin of 16.13% and a return on equity of 7.56%. The company had revenue of $14.31 billion during the quarter. As a group, sell-side analysts forecast that Banco Santander SA will post 0.55 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of SAN. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in shares of Banco Santander by 19.3% during the 3rd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 729,645 shares of the bank’s stock worth $3,648,000 after acquiring an additional 118,161 shares during the last quarter. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc acquired a new position in shares of Banco Santander in the 4th quarter valued at $343,000. Hollencrest Capital Management increased its stake in Banco Santander by 28.8% in the 4th quarter. Hollencrest Capital Management now owns 13,032 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $58,000 after buying an additional 2,917 shares during the period. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. increased its stake in Banco Santander by 459.0% in the 4th quarter. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. now owns 10,102 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $45,000 after buying an additional 8,295 shares during the period. Finally, FNY Investment Advisers LLC acquired a new position in Banco Santander in the 4th quarter valued at $3,136,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 1.86% of the company’s stock.

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Banco Santander Company Profile (NYSE:SAN)

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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