News articles about Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) have trended somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news 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 news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.2329452329217 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

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

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) opened at $16.32 on Friday. Santander Consumer USA has a 1 year low of $11.12 and a 1 year high of $19.02. The company has a market cap of $5,863.53, a P/E ratio of 8.81, a P/E/G ratio of 3.94 and a beta of 1.16.

Santander Consumer USA (NYSE:SC) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, January 31st. The financial services provider reported $0.27 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by ($0.03). The business had revenue of $1.62 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.58 billion. Santander Consumer USA had a return on equity of 11.78% and a net margin of 18.09%. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.17 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Santander Consumer USA will post 2.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, February 22nd. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 12th will be given a $0.05 dividend. This represents a $0.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.23%. This is an increase from Santander Consumer USA’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.03. The ex-dividend date is Friday, February 9th. Santander Consumer USA’s payout ratio is currently 3.64%.

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and set a $25.00 price target on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Santander Consumer USA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Morgan Stanley boosted their price target on shares of Santander Consumer USA from $18.00 to $19.50 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Citigroup assumed coverage on shares of Santander Consumer USA in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $16.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Jefferies Group boosted their price target on shares of Santander Consumer USA from $18.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 30th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Santander Consumer USA presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price 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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