Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) Stock Upgraded at Zacks Investment Research

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) from Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. has a 52-week high of $22.54. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the company recently, and Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $15.24, above the opening price of $11.03. Share prices sometimes get a bounce to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday as investors anticipate the results of meetings from the Federal Reserve and the Bank of Japan.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% rose 9.79 points, or less than 0.1%, to close at 18,129.96.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.03% advanced 0.64 points to finish at 2,139.76, led by gains in the health-care and consumer-staples sectors.

The Nasdaq Composite index COMP, +0.12% gained 6.33 points, or 0.1%, to close at 5,241.35.

Shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) opened at $11.03 yesterday and traded in a range between, $10.76 and $11.06, and last traded at $10.82, which is a decrease of $0.13 over the previous closing price.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) currently has a market cap of 3.88B.

The stock’s average daily volume is 1,814,820 shares out of a total float 84,233,000 and some 1,175,189 shares traded hands yesterday, 47 percent lower than the average. Investors often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume aggregation or circulation by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

While higher trading for short periods will not mean much, conversely, a trend of heavy trading volume on the buy side over a period of days or weeks delivers a positive signal to market traders that institutions may be moving in, so institutional sponsorship is very important.

Institutional sponsorship is defined by ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these have teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them buying a stock you are researching.

By following the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more useful choices on trades.

With that in mind, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) now has a 50-day MA of $11.71 and 200-day MA of $11.33. It has traded in a 52-week range between $8.54 – 22.54 and today’s last price is 0.52% lower than the 52 week high of $22.54.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most crucial things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over 3 consecutive years.

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