4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Banco Santander

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Spanish banking giant Banco Santander (NYS: STD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Santander's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Santander facts

Headquarters (founded)Madrid (1857)
Market Cap$70.3 billion
IndustryDiversified banks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$42.1 billion
ManagementSecond Vice Chairman/CEO Alfredo Abad
Third Vice Chairman Matias Inciarte
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)12.5%
Dividend Yield6.2%
CompetitorsBanco Bilbao Vizcya Argentaria
Citigroup
HSBC Holdings

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 93% of the 1,167 members who have rated Santander believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

This past fall, one of those bulls, constellationxiv, tapped the stock as a bankable bargain opportunity:

[Santander] has been under a lot of selling pressure due to economic downturn in Europe. The bank itself seems very sound financially and, in fact, does not depend upon the European market for most of its profit. I think that at this price, we're looking at a huge bargain.

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