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 0.5%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp rose $0.51 (1.4%) to $35.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,768,686 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9,962,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.15-$35.72 after having opened the day at $35.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.06. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), up 14.4%, Amrep Corporation ( AXR), up 12.0%, Supertel Hospitality ( SPPR), up 10.1% and Federal Agricultural Mortgage ( AGM.A), up 10.1%.
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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 $65.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 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 growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 negative front, Jacksonville Bancorp ( JAXB), down 13.3%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), down 9.4%, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 6.9% and WhiteHorse Finance ( WHF), down 6.8% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) 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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