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Bank of America: Job Growth Winner

Shares of Comerica (C) rose over 3% to close at $29.44.

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Comerica has now returned 14% year-to-date, following a 38% decline during 2011.

The shares trade for 0.9 times tangible book value and 13 times the consensus 2012 EPS estimate of $2.31. The consensus 2013 EPS estimate is $2.61.

Comerica was included among five bank holding companies that Jefferies Analyst Ken Usdin said on Wednesday were well positioned to pay out a large percentage of earnings during 2012, through dividends and share buybacks.

Usdin estimates that after the bank stress tests are completed next week, the Dallas lender will raise its quarterly dividend by 50% to 15 cents a share, and also buy back 6 million shares this year for $166 million, for a combined dividend and repurchase payout ratio of 60%.

Usdin has a neutral rating on Comerica, with a $28 price target.

Interested in more Comerica? See TheStreet Ratings' report card for this stock.

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