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: SAN) 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 $66.5 billion
Industry Diversified banks
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $35.6 billion
Management Second Vice Chairman/CEO Alfredo Abad
Third Vice Chairman Matias Inciarte
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 9.7%
Cash/Debt $387.4 billion / $432.3 billion
Dividend Yield 8.9%
Competitors Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,236 members who have rated Santander believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, ennui, tapped Santander as a solid bargain opportunity:

Yes, this is a [S]panish bank. But they are the most stable of all [S]panish banks, have very profitable business in Latin America as well as the UK and other European countries, and are the best funded bank in Spain. They have been priced for the end of the world as we know it, and I just don't buy it. This, along with BBVA, are worth a shot. They both pay good dividends, and could easily triple in the long run (over the next 5 years or so).

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