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

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U.S. Bancorp ( USB) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp rose $0.33 (1.0%) to $33.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,419,809 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,918,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.78-$33.22 after having opened the day at $32.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.82. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: FBR ( FBRC), up 11.6%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 11.2%, Credit Suisse ( UWTI), up 9.8% and WVS Financial ( WVFC), up 8.6%.
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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 $60.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates U.S. Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Pathfinder Bancorp ( PBHC), down 17.5%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 12.7%, PSB Holdings ( PSBH), down 8.5% and First United ( FUNC), down 7.5% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Ameriprise Financial ( AMP) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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