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 0.4%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp rose $0.52 (1.3%) to $40.79 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,921,431 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,182,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.16-$40.88 after having opened the day at $40.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.27. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Credit Suisse ( USLV), up 13.6%, Macro Bank ( BMA), up 11.7%, Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 10.2% and Grupo Financiero Galicia ( GGAL), up 9.3%.

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 $73.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are down 0.3% 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 12 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Credit Suisse ( DSLV), down 13.6%, Old Point Financial Corporation ( OPOF), down 8.0%, Oak Valley Bancorp ( OVLY), down 7.5% and Home Bancorp ( HBCP), down 5.0%.

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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