US Bancorp

  • How Will This Bid Benefit Investors?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: CSE, PACW, USB

    Los Angeles-based business lender PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ: PACW) recently made a juicy offer for cross-town rival CapitalSource (NYSE: CSE). Valued at around $2.3 billion, the cash-and-stock deal would create a fairly large bank that could immediately challenge regional competitors for dominance in the small and mid-cap lending space. In fact, the combined bank would be among the 10 largest commercial banks in the entire state and could boast combined more »

  • The "Small Four"

    By Ryan Gilbert - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GS, MS, BK, USB

    Sure, everyone keeps up to date with the "Big Four" banks: Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. They collectively account for $7,889,731,000 in assets. 

    But the banks just under them shouldn't be neglected.  Ranked 5-8 in the U.S. by assets, the "Small Four" banks make up a a significant part of the financial market share. (Note: I don't include GE Capital more »

  • Increased Regulation Harms Big Bank Bottom-Lines and You

    By Marie Palumbo - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: JPM, USB, WFC

    The government’s strict regulation of banks provides both a blessing and a curse. On the plus side, regulation helps prevent corrupt practices that undercut honest banks and take advantage of customers. On the other hand, such regulation dramatically increase banks’ expenses. Increased expenses harm banks through decreased profits, and more regulation harms customers when prices increase.

    Here are two ways that regulation is shaking up the banking sector.

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  • This Bank Is Different

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, PNC, USB

    Most bank stocks have shown healthy growth this year. As the market becomes more and more elevated, the risks of a significant pullback increases. I’m moderately short-term bearish on many bank stocks this season as I think that although fundamentals are sound, the shares have gotten a little ahead of themselves. There is one bank that shows good dynamic, however – Bank of America (NYSE: BAC).

    Rising net interest margin more »

  • Banking: When Do Fundamentals Outweigh Trust?

    By Adem Tahiri - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, USB, WFC

    The financial collapse of 2007, and the recession that followed in 2008, changed the way we looked at banks forever. Throughout the chaos we learned that banks are much more complex structures than we ever could have imagined which, to some degree, makes them riskier thank we'd ever hoped.

    What followed the crash was a complete annihilation of banking stocks, and the industry has been slow to recover.

    But more »

  • First Republic Bank: The Rising Star in the Banking Industry

    By usman iftikhar - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, C, FRC, USB

    At the moment, banks may be one of the best opportunities for investors. During the post-crisis period, banks have delivered the worst worldwide shareholder returns out of all industries. Though many banks are back on track, their prices are still depressed due to shattered investor confidence. This undervaluation could provide investors with a great opportunity to earn a higher return as the banking sector revives.

    Regulatory reforms

    Banks are highly more »

  • Looking for a Rally? Banks to Buy Ahead of Q2 Earnings

    By John Macris - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, STI, USB

    Earnings season is underway, and the center of attention will shift to the banking sector during the week of July 15. Last Friday, banking giants JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo kicked off a series of bank earnings reports. Both companies beat consensus estimates by a respectable 5% margin. And on Monday, Citigroup followed the trend with a beat on earnings and revenue.

    I believe the strong reports provided by these more »

  • High Growth Dividend Stocks from Berkshire Hathaway’s Portfolio

    By Aubrey Tabuga - July 12, 2013 | Tickers: IBM, USB, WMT, WFC

    In these times of economic uncertainty, the extra buffer that dividend income provides is helpful. I have taken a closer look at what fund managers have in their portfolio in search of safe, growing dividends and found some of gems in the portfolio of Berkshire Hathaway. My criteria are dividend growth, low payout ratio, positive outlook, profitability and relative price.  

    IBM: Is the growing, high dividend return safe?

    IBM (NYSE: IBMmore »)

  • Market Discounting Higher Rates

    By Damian Illia - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: EWBC, HBC, USB

    The market has moved in expectations of a first rate hike to November 2014 ahead of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting. The Fed is path dependent in view of the inflation close to the 2% target and unemployment ranging 6.5% to 6.8% by 2014. In addition, Bernanke clearly stated: “the key point I've tried to make today is that our policies are tied more »

  • Billionaire Ken Griffin Is Betting on This Financial Stock

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: FITB, JPM, PNC, USB, WFC

    Several weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds and other notable investors file 13Fs with the SEC to disclose many of their long equity positions in U.S. stocks as of the end of the previous quarter. We track these filings as a source of information to help us develop investing strategies (for example, we have found that the most popular small cap stocks among hedge funds generate more »

  • A Dominant Force in the Financial World

    By Ryan Guenette - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: C, GS, JPM, USB, WFC

    A leading diversified financial institution, JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM) has slightly outperformed the Dow Jones industrial average year-to-date, rising 15.8% compared to the 11.9% return offered by the blue-chip average.

    JPMorgan is a leading diversified financial institution with major segments including: trading, retail banking, credit-card services, mortgage banking, commercial banking, treasury and securities services, advisory and underwriting services, asset management, and private equity. Based on market capitalization, the more »

  • Market Discounting Higher Rates

    By Damian Illia - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: EWBC, HBC, USB

    The market has moved in expectations of a first rate hike to November 2014 ahead of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy meeting. The Fed said it will downsize its QE purchase pace in view of inflation heading more towards its long-term target of 2%, and not below it, and unemployment ranging 6.5% to 6.8% by 2014. In addition, according to an interview that Charlie Rose more »

  • Billionaire Ken Griffin’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, PNC, ALL, UTX, USB

    There are a number of ways for investors to make use of the information in quarterly 13F filings, despite the fact that the information is a bit behind by the time it is released. For one, we have found that the most popular small-cap stocks among hedge funds generate an average excess return of 18 percentage points per year, and think that other strategies are possible as well.

    We can more »

  • The Dilemma for Regional Banks

    By Varun Chandan - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: HBAN, PNC, USB | Editor's Choice

    Regional banks have emerged stronger after the financial crisis. However, most regional banks have been facing significant margin pressure as the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at record low levels. While the low interest rate has helped in boosting lending activity, it has hurt banks’ margins. Although regional banks are hoping for a rise in interest rates, they face a dilemma. A sudden rise in interest rates could hurt more »

  • Leading American Banks, a Complete Review

    By Vanina Egea - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: C, USB, WFC

    The financial sector has been consistently resilient through the last few years. The whole industry has been facing headwinds caused by lower reinvestment rates, the European sovereign crisis and an enhanced regulatory and tax system with a double dip recession. However, with an ongoing recovery in the housing market and companies’ earnings showing momentum, the economy as a whole is helping the banking system recover. In this article I am more »

  • 5 Reasons This Bank Should Sell For More Than Book Value

    By Chad Henage - May 29, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, FITB, PNC, USB

    I don't always have the time to check out a stock that sounds interesting right away. I keep a watch list of stocks on hand, so I can go back later, and see if the company deserves my attention. In an article by Sean Williams of The Motley Fool, he mentioned Fifth Third (NASDAQ: FITB) as a bank that was doing well. I knew that I wasn't following more »

  • Goldman's Dividend Picks: Cars, Banks, and Oil

    By Timothy Green - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, F, USB

    Goldman Sachs recently became the most bullish broker on Wall Street when it increased its year-end price target on the S&P 500 to 1,750. Trying to predict future stock prices is often a fruitless endeavor, so I don't take these price targets seriously. But Goldman also recommended dividend stocks as among the few attractive income-generating opportunities available today. In a previous article I went through three of more »

  • Warren Buffett’s Cheap Stock Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: COP, GM, PSX, USB, WFC

    Several weeks after the end of each quarter, hedge funds and other major investors such as Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway file 13Fs with the SEC, disclosing many of their long equity positions as of the end of that quarter; check out Berkshire's most recent 13F on the SEC's website. Our database tracks hundreds of 13F filings, with us using the included information to develop investing strategies (for more »

  • Can This Bank's Strengths Offset These Two Concerns?

    By Chad Henage - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, STI, USB, WFC

    When I came across U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) last year, I couldn't believe that I had been ignoring one of the best big banks in the country. The company's loan and deposit growth matched up well to any of their peers, and their credit quality was good. I've kept up with the company through their earnings reports, and there are two concerns that have me worried more »

  • This Bank Needs to Turn Over More Rocks

    By Chad Henage - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: BBT, PNC, STI, USB

    I'm a big fan of Peter Lynch, and one statement that he made always sticks with me. He said that his stock picking method was all about turning over more rocks to find great companies -- in essence, if you don't try, you can't succeed. I'm wondering whether the bankers at SunTrust (NYSE: STI) need to be hit over the head with a rock to make this more »

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