U.S. Bancorps 58.1% gross profit margin is rather high, but it has decreased from the same period last year. Its 12.9% net profit margin compares favorably with the industry average. Revenue fell by 13.7%, underperforming the industry average of 5.6%. EPS decreased. Current ROE is lower than it was in the same quarter last year, a clear sign of weakness, but it exceeds that of the industry average and the S&P 500.

EPS declined by 48.4% in the most recent quarter year over year, and during the past fiscal year, the company reported lower earnings of $2.43 vs. $2.61 in the prior year. The market sees a contraction of 19.3% to $1.96 for the next year. Net income is down 47.4% over the same quarter last year, to $576 million, underperforming both the S&P 500 and the commercial banks industry.

Other ratings changes include United Security ( USBI), upgraded from hold to buy, and Brandywine ( BDN), downgraded from hold to sell.

All ratings changes generated on Nov. 10 are listed below.
Ticker Company Current Change Previous
ABCW Anchor Bancorp
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
AEG Aegon
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
AGP Amerigroup
HOLD
Upgrade
SELL
AN AutoNation
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
ARSD Arabian American Development
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
ASGR America Service Group
HOLD
Upgrade
SELL
AVTR Avatar
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
BDN Brandywine
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
BOFI BOFI Holding
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
BRKR Bruker
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
CBEY CBeyond
HOLD
Upgrade
SELL
CDE Coeur D'Alene Mines
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
COVR Cover-All Technologies
HOLD
Upgrade
SELL
DM Dolan Media
SELL
Initiated
FARM Farmer Bros.
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
FDS FactSet Research Systems
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
FRZ Reddy Ice
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
G GenPact
SELL
Initiated
GAIA Gaiam
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
GTLS Chart Industries
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
HIL Hill International
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
HRL Hormel Foods
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
INXI INX
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
LAMR Lamar Advertising
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
LCUT Lifetime Brands
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
OFIX Orthofix
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
RRI Reliant Energy
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
SMCI Super Micro Computer
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
TECUA Tecumseh Products
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
TECUB Tecumseh Products
SELL
Downgrade
HOLD
USB U.S. Bancorp
HOLD
Downgrade
BUY
USBI United Security
BUY
Upgrade
HOLD
ZINC Horsehead
SELL
Initiated

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