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U.S. Bancorp ( USB) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp fell $0.45 (-1.3%) to $35.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,006,892 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,065,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $34.98-$35.44 after having opened the day at $35.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.46. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), down 10.2%, Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 10.0%, Homex Development ( HXM), down 8.1% and IRSA Inversiones y Representaciones ( IRS), down 7.7%.
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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 $65.5 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 15 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 increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, BCSB Bankcorp ( BCSB), down 28.4%, Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 16.0%, Prudential Bancorp Inc. of Pennsylvania ( PBIP), down 15.1% and Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), down 13.4% , were all gainers within the financial sector with Host Hotels & Resorts ( HST) being today's featured financial sector leader.

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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