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 $0.37 (1.0%) to $37.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,599,703 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,773,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.30-$37.63 after having opened the day at $37.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.14. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), up 47.4%, China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), up 10.2%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 9.8% and Hilltop Holdings ( HTH), up 8.8%.

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 $67.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, American Realty Investors ( ARL), down 7.9%, Transcontinental Realty Investors ( TCI), down 7.7%, Regional Management ( RM), down 6.8% and DNB Financial Corporation ( DNBF), down 6.4%.

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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