Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) Earning Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Study Finds

News stories about Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Banco Santander-Chile earned a media sentiment score of 0.15 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the bank an impact score of 48.8829258443026 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Banco Santander-Chile (BSAC) traded up $0.78 during trading on Monday, hitting $32.22. The company had a trading volume of 68,572 shares, compared to its average volume of 366,950. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.75, a current ratio of 1.69 and a quick ratio of 1.69. Banco Santander-Chile has a fifty-two week low of $21.56 and a fifty-two week high of $34.98. The company has a market capitalization of $14,811.86, a PE ratio of 16.90, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.31 and a beta of 0.72.

Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The bank reported $0.46 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $729.84 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $449.44 million. Banco Santander-Chile had a return on equity of 18.00% and a net margin of 20.98%. equities analysts predict that Banco Santander-Chile will post 2.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Scotia Howard Weill downgraded shares of Banco Santander-Chile from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. BidaskClub cut Banco Santander-Chile from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Sunday, November 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Banco Santander-Chile from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, November 16th. ValuEngine raised Banco Santander-Chile from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Citigroup cut Banco Santander-Chile from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $29.60.

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About Banco Santander-Chile

Banco Santander-Chile (the Bank), formerly Banco Santander Chile, is a Chilean bank. The Bank’s segments include Retail banking, Middle-market, Global Corporate Banking and Corporate Activities (Other). The Retail Banking segment consists of individuals and small to middle-sized entities (SMEs). The Middle-market segment serves companies and large corporations.

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