4. U.S. Bancorp

Shares of U.S. Bancorp of Minneapolis closed at $28.37 Tuesday, returning 5% year-to-date, following a 2% return during 2011.

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Based on a quarterly payout of 12.5 cents, the shares have a dividend yield of 1.76%.

Usdin estimates that U.S. Bancorp will earn $2.65 cents a share during 2012, and raise its quarterly dividend to 19 cents, for dividend payout ratio of 26% and an estimated dividend yield of 2.7%.

Jefferies forecasts that the company will buy back 48 million shares during 2012, for $1.45 billion, for a combined dividend and repurchase payout ratio of 55%.

Usdin's price target for USB is $30.00.

Reflecting its status as one of the strongest and most consistent earners among the largest U.S. bank holding companies -- with quarterly returns on average assets ranging between 1.51% and 1.61% during 2011 -- U.S. Bancorp's shares trade for 2.6 times tangible book value. The shares trade for 11 times the consensus 2012 EPS estimate of $2.68. The consensus 2013 EPS estimate is $2.91.

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

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