U.S. Bancorp

(

USB

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp fell 20 cents (-0.6%) to $30.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, eight million shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.76-$31.37 after having opened the day at $31.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.13. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), down 19.9%,

Affirmative Insurance Holdings

(

AFFM

), down 18.1%,

Vestin Realty Mortgage I

(

VRTA

), down 12%, and

Dominion Resources Black Warrior

(

DOM

), down 11.5%.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides various banking and financial services in the United States. The company offers depository services, such as checking accounts, savings accounts, and time certificate contracts. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $58.72 billion and is part of the

banking

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.9, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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 revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Atlantic Coast Financial

(

ACFC

), up 17.8%,

BCSB Bankcorp

(

BCSB

), up 16.3%,

Colony Bankcorp

(

CBAN

), up 14.7%, and

Paulson Capital

(

PLCC

), up 13.7%, were all gainers within the financial sector with

Catalyst Health Solutions

(

CHSI

) being today's featured financial sector winner.

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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