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 0.2%. By the end of trading, U.S. Bancorp rose $0.56 (1.3%) to $42.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,666,271 shares of U.S. Bancorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,182,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.19-$43.00 after having opened the day at $42.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.34. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 16.3%, Sorrento Therapeutics ( SRNE), up 9.7%, American Spectrum Realty ( AQQ), up 9.4% and Global Cash Access Holdings ( GCA), up 7.6%.

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 $77.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 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 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 shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Clifton Savings Bancorp ( CSBK), down 9.1%, RCS Capital Corp Class A ( RCAP), down 7.8%, Siebert Financial Corporation ( SIEB), down 7.7% and E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 5.2% , were all laggards within the financial sector with CBL & Associates Properties ( CBL) 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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