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U.S. Bancorp (USB): Today's Featured Banking Winner

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U.S. Bancorp ( USB) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp rose $0.44 (1.1%) to $40.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,411,087 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,858,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.17-$40.81 after having opened the day at $40.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.05. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), up 8.9%, First BanCorp ( FBP), up 7.6%, Seacoast Banking Corporation ( SBCF), up 7.3% and Bank of South Carolina Corporation ( BKSC), up 6.7%.

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 $73.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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 increase in stock price during the past year, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, CMS Bancorp ( CMSB), down 9.2%, Central Valley Community Bancorp ( CVCY), down 8.0%, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 6.9% and VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN ( TVIX), down 6.2%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider KBW Bank ETF ( KBE) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng ( KRS).

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