Why Shares of Banco Santander-Chile (BSAC) Surged Today

Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) is among the top gainers of the stock market today, skyrocketing 3.69% or (0.77 points) to $21.61 from its previous close of $20.84. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 119924 contracts so far this session. BSAC shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 406.69 thousand shares, but with a 0.47 million float and a -10.56% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for BSAC stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $30.02 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 38.92% from where the BSAC share price has been trading recently which is between $20.78 and $21.24.

During the recent trading session for Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC), the company witnessed their stock drop by $-1.11 over a week and tumble down $-3.13 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $32.97, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 02/25/19. The recent low of $20.78 stood for a -34.46% since 03/12/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 0.56 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is less than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to.

Looking at the current readings for Banco Santander-Chile, the two-week RSI stands at 34.91. This figure suggests that BSAC stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current BSAC readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 6.03% at this stage. This figure means that BSAC share price today is being overbought.

Technical chart claims that Banco Santander-Chile (BSAC) would settle between $21.13/share to $21.41/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $20.67 mark, then the market for Banco Santander-Chile becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $20.49 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -1. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.

Analysts at Citigroup raised their recommendation on shares of BSAC from Neutral to Buy in their opinion released on November 04. Goldman, analysts launched coverage of Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) stock with a Neutral recommendation, according to their flash note issued to investors on September 10. Analysts at JP Morgan lowered the stock to a Neutral call from its previous Overweight recommendation, in a research note that dated back to March 14.

BSAC equity has an average rating of 2.95, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 5 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 4 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 1 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 1 analysts rated Banco Santander-Chile (NYSE:BSAC) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, BSAC stock price is currently trading at 9.12X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 14.1 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 11.3. Banco Santander-Chile current P/B ratio of 2.5 means it is trading at a premium against its industry’s 1.3.

Banco Santander-Chile (BSAC)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -4.6% to hit $644520, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over -3.8% from $2.65 billion to a noteworthy $2.55 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Banco Santander-Chile is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 20.8% to hit $0.58 per share. For the fiscal year, BSAC’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -0.6% to hit $1.79 per share.