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

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U.S. Bancorp ( USB) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp rose $0.57 (1.6%) to $36.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,632,142 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,055,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.12-$36.82 after having opened the day at $36.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.13. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Broadway Financial ( BYFC), up 38.4%, ICICI Bank ( IBN), up 13.0%, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), up 10.3% and Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), up 9.5%.

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 $66.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Unity Bancorp ( UNTY), down 9.0%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), down 4.4%, First Financial Service Corporation ( FFKY), down 4.4% and Allied Irish Banks ( AIB), down 3.6%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider KBW Bank ETF ( KBE) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng ( KRS).

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