News headlines about Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public 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 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.8217657387647 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

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

Shares of Santander Consumer USA (NYSE SC) traded up $0.24 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $16.92. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,816,302 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,695,890. Santander Consumer USA has a one year low of $11.12 and a one year high of $19.02. The firm has a market capitalization of $6,021.91, a P/E ratio of 5.13, a PEG ratio of 4.04 and a beta of 1.16.

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $0.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate 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 during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.58 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.17 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Santander Consumer USA will post 2.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Stockholders of record on Monday, February 12th will be given a $0.05 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 9th. This is a boost from Santander Consumer USA’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. This represents a $0.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.18%. Santander Consumer USA’s payout ratio is 6.06%.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Santander Consumer USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. 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. Morgan Stanley lifted their target price on Santander Consumer USA from $18.00 to $19.50 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised Santander Consumer USA from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating and decreased their target price for the stock from $20.50 to $16.00 in a report on Friday, January 12th. Finally, Oppenheimer assumed coverage on Santander Consumer USA in a report on Monday, January 8th. They set a “hold” rating for the company. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $18.90.

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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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