4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Banco Santander

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 (NYSE: 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 $60.1 billion
Industry Diversified banks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $41.6 billion
Management Second Vice Chairman/CEO Alfredo Abad
Third Vice Chairman Matias Inciarte
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 10.9%
Cash/Debt $443.7 billion / $427.4 billion
Dividend Yield 14.9%
Competitors Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
HSBC Holdings

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,191 members who have rated Santander believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star buffalonate, tapped the stock as a bankable bargain opportunity:

This company is taking an unjustified beating due to it being based out of Spain. Yes, Spain is a disaster but Santander only gets 10% of its earnings from Spain so it isn't a big deal. The fact that Santander has made recent acquisitions in Poland and the CEO says he plans to make more acquisitions in the northeast of the U.S. tells you he thinks his bank is very stable. ... It has banking operations in the U.S., and South America that will help it survive any coming storm.

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