The Case for and Against Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC)

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Mortgage Investment. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $15.60, down from yesterday’s close by -1.20%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC) currently trades with a market capitalization of $5.76 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been falling by -0.01 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of -$2.26 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.41 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.37% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $19.02. It is now trading 3.42% off that level. The stock is trading $16.50 its 50-day moving average by 0.9%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $11.12.

In recent action, Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. (SC) has made a move of -9.62% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 13.41, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 6.07% with $79.39 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of SC.

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