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

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U.S. Bancorp ( USB) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp fell $0.49 (-1.3%) to $37.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,526,706 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,658,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.17-$37.76 after having opened the day at $37.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.85. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Carver Bancorp ( CARV), down 10.3%, Bank of the James Financial Group ( BOTJ), down 8.8%, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), down 8.7% and First Capital Bancorp ( FCVA), down 7.2%.

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 $69.4 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate U.S. Bancorp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 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 positive front, Bank Bradesco ( BBDO), up 6.9%, Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 6.7%, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), up 6.5% and Severn Bancorp ( SVBI), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the banking industry with First Niagara Financial Group ( FNFG) being today's featured banking industry leader.

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