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U.S. Bancorp (USB): Today's Featured Financial Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

U.S. Bancorp ( USB) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp fell $0.49 (-1.3%) to $36.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 5,380,259 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,438,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.10-$36.39 after having opened the day at $36.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.62. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), down 10.0%, Vestin Realty Mortgage I ( VRTA), down 9.0%, Stewardship Financial Corporation ( SSFN), down 8.4% and Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 8.2%.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. Its services include lending and depository services, cash management, capital market, and trust and investment management services. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $67.9 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 96.4%, Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 17.7%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 16.1% and Donegal Group ( DGICB), up 14.9% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Digital Realty ( DLR) being today's featured financial sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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