Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (NYSE:BBVA)‘s stock had its “equal weight” rating reaffirmed by equities researchers at Morgan Stanley in a research report issued on Tuesday, The Fly reports.

Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. UBS Group restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in a research report on Monday, April 19th. Barclays reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in a research report on Wednesday, March 10th. Bank of America raised shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 22nd. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in a research note on Tuesday. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group upgraded shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, March 3rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $5.75.

Shares of BBVA traded up $0.02 during trading hours on Tuesday, reaching $5.66. 147,784 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 2,553,753. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $5.36 and a 200 day simple moving average of $4.80. The company has a current ratio of 0.99, a quick ratio of 0.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.38. The company has a market cap of $37.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -70.75 and a beta of 1.45. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria has a 52 week low of $2.49 and a 52 week high of $5.86.

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (NYSE:BBVA) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Friday, January 29th. The bank reported $0.17 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter. The business had revenue of $6.28 billion for the quarter. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria had a positive return on equity of 6.45% and a negative net margin of 0.44%. Analysts predict that Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria will post 0.2 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria in the 4th quarter valued at about $2,421,000. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. lifted its position in Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 9.8% in the fourth quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 50,454 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $249,000 after purchasing an additional 4,483 shares during the last quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 5.9% during the fourth quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 38,229,640 shares of the bank’s stock valued at $188,854,000 after purchasing an additional 2,141,568 shares during the period. M&T Bank Corp grew its holdings in shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 96.9% in the fourth quarter. M&T Bank Corp now owns 46,301 shares of the bank’s stock worth $229,000 after purchasing an additional 22,790 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Ballew Advisors Inc increased its stake in shares of Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria by 100.0% in the first quarter. Ballew Advisors Inc now owns 23,992 shares of the bank’s stock worth $126,000 after buying an additional 11,996 shares during the period. 2.10% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA engages in the traditional banking businesses of retail banking, asset management, private banking, and wholesale banking. It operates through the following segments: Spain, the United States, Mexico, Turkey, South America, and Rest of Eurasia. The Spain segment includes mainly the banking and insurance business that the group carries out in Spain.

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