Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN) Insider Transactions Worth Watching

Nordstrom Michael N. gathered a total of 4 thousand shares of Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN) at average share price of $7.39. This insider trade in the company took place on 12/03/2012. The total for the purchase was set at $29.56 thousand. After this transaction, the Director account balance stood at 14.8 thousand shares. The stock lost -33.69 percent since that insider purchase.

The 12-month median price target for Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN) assigned by the analysts stands at $6.25, which represents a return potential of 27.55 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $4.9 on Friday, January 11. The lowest price target for the stock is $4.22 — slightly more than -13.88 percent from SAN’s current share price. The stock will probably climb 22.65 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $7.18-month high price target. This represents a whopping 46.53 percent increase from where shares are trading today.

On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 66.03 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $4.81 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $4.94 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $4.98 level. The stock is currently hovering around the first support level of $4.85. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $4.81. Till the time, the SAN stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear.

Shares of Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN) are trading at a P/E ratio of 9.57 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry SAN operates in has an average P/E of 18.6. Its P/E ratio went as low as 11.51X and as high as 17.71 over the 5-year span. Further, it is sporting a 1.19 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 7.82. 0 percent is the gross profit margin for Banco Santander, S.A. and operating margin sits at 42.7 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 13.3 percent.

On 11th of January, Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN) shares ended higher after a volatile session. The shares accumulated 0.02 points or 0.41 percent at $4.9 with a heavy trade volume of 14.537 million shares. After opening the session at $4.87, the shares went as high as $4.93 and as low as $4.845, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $80.1 billion and now has 16.35 billion shares outstanding. Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN) stock has gained 13.16 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

SAN stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 1.14, offering the possibility of a higher rate of return, but also posing more risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $0.51 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has surged 9.38 percent year to date (YTD) against a decline of -28.81 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -34.73 percent away from its 1-year high of $7.51 and 16.39 percent up from 52-week low of $4.21. The average consensus rating on the company is 0, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a buy.