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 down 0.3%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp rose $0.52 (1.2%) to $42.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,074,641 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,653,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.79-$42.48 after having opened the day at $41.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.65. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: UBS E-TRACS Fisher-Gartman Risk Off ETN ( OFF), up 10.5%, Blackhawk Network Holdings ( HAWK), up 9.6%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 9.2% and Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 8.2%.

U.S. Bancorp, a financial services holding company, provides a range of financial services in the United States. U.S. Bancorp has a market cap of $75.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 2.6% 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 growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), down 9.8%, Viewtran Group ( VIEW), down 8.9%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 8.1% and VelocityShares 3x Long Silver ETN linked to ( USLV), down 8.0% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Annaly Capital Management ( NLY) 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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