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 and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Santander facts

Headquarters (founded)

Madrid (1857)

Market Cap

$80.0 billion


Diversified banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$36.2 billion


Second Vice Chairman/CEO Alfredo Abad
Third Vice Chairman Matias Inciarte

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$471.4 billion / $432.4 billion

Dividend Yield



HSBC Holdings
Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 1,225 members who have rated Santander believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, CallaHummel, tapped the stock as a rather bankable bargain opportunity:

As both a bank and a Spanish company, Banco Santander is in doubly risky territory. Unlike most banks and most Spanish companies, however, Santander is internationally diversified with a small percentage of its business in Spain, conservative in taking on new customers, and quick to both comply with regulations and make adjustments for future losses. Santander is a bet on Europe, Latin America, and an eventual banking recovery with less of the scandal risk that has plagued the sector. Plus, collect [a 9% dividend yield] while you wait for that recovery.

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