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3 Banks Holding Q1 Earnings Surprises From Guggenheim

U.S. Bancorp
Shares of U.S. Bancorp (USB - Get Report) closed at $30.34 Tuesday, returning 13% year-to-date, following a 2% return during 2011. Based on a quarterly payout of 19.5 cents, the shares have a dividend yield of 2.57%.

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The shares trade for 2.8 times tangible book value, and for 10 times the consensus 2013 EPS estimate $2.97. The consensus 2012 earnings estimate is $2.69.

The Minneapolis-based lender's earnings performance over the past two years has been even stronger than Wells Fargo's, with a 2011 ROA of 1.51%, increasing from 1.16% in 2010, and a return on common equity of 15.8% during 2011, improving from 12.7% the previous year.

USB will report its first-quarter results on April 17, with a consensus EPS estimate of 64 cents. Mosby expects the company to report first-quarter earnings of 68 cents, with a full-year 2012 estimate of $2.90.

Guggenheim rates U.S. Bancorp a "Buy," with a $42 price target. Mosby expects USB to "experience double-digit earnings per share growth from organic revenue growth through 2012."

Interested in more on U.S. Bancorp? See TheStreet Ratings' report card for this stock.

-- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.

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Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.
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