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.Zacks Investment Research currently has a rating of Hold on the stock. The one-year price target of $15.24 is above the opening price of $11.03, causing a number of other analysts to issue statements on the stock recently. Looking back over the last 52 weeks, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. stock has a high of $22.54. Stock prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

U.S. stocks on Monday closed mostly flat, after trading firmly higher, in a volatile session ahead of the start of a pair of closely watched central-bank policy meetings.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.02% closed down 3.63 points at 18,120.17.

The blue-chip gauge had been up by as much as 131 points earlier and traded within a 162-point range.

The S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% slipped 0.04 points to close at 2,139.12, after trading within an 18-point range

Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% declined 9.54 points, or 0.2%, to close at 5,235.03.

Earlier, the index had been up by as many as 37 points and traded with a 58-point range

Shares of Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) opened at $11.03 yesterday and traded in a range between, $10.80 and $11.06, and last traded at $10.93, a drop of $0.02 over the previous closing price.

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SC) now has a market cap of 3.91B.

198,819 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 51 percent lower than normal, out of a total float 84,233,000. Momentum traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify substantial volume accumulation or dissemination by institutional investors, so trading volume is likely to increase in the next few days.

As with all potential breakouts, investors watch for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to indicate that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

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

Institutional investors such as these retain teams of analysts researching thousands of stocks. So watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Traders can make the best trades when they track the trading habits of professional investors.

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 important things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors look for companies that have raised their earnings by at least 25% for the past 3 years.

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