Wells Fargo ( WFC) saw its shares decline by 3.5% Wednesday, closing at $32.91. The shares have now returned 22% year-to-date, following a 10% decline during 2011.

The shares trade for 1.5 times tangible book value, and for nine times the consensus 2013 EPS estimate of $3.63.

Wells Fargo's earnings have been the strongest and most consistent among the big four, with operating ROA improving from 1.27% to 1.46% over the past five quarters, according to Thomson Reuters.

Based on a quarterly payout of 22 cents, Wells Fargo's shares have a dividend yield of 2.67%.

O'Connor expects Wells Fargo to return a total of $11.165 billion in capital to investors during 2013, with dividends of $6.297 billion increasing from $4.707 in 2012, and $4.868 million in share buybacks, increasing from $3.481 billion. The analyst expects Wells Fargo's common shares to have a dividend yield of 3.6%.

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-- Written by Philip van Doorn in Jupiter, Fla.

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Philip W. van Doorn is a member of TheStreet's banking and finance team, commenting on industry and regulatory trends. He previously served as the senior analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings, responsible for assigning financial strength ratings to banks and savings and loan institutions. Mr. van Doorn previously served as a loan operations officer at Riverside National Bank in Fort Pierce, Fla., and as a credit analyst at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, where he monitored banks in New York, New Jersey and Puerto Rico. Mr. van Doorn has additional experience in the mutual fund and computer software industries. He holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Long Island University.

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