Taking a Fresh Look at U.S. Bancorp (USB)

U.S. Bancorp (USB) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Regional – Midwest Banks. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $54.15, down from yesterday’s close by -1.56%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

U.S. Bancorp (USB) currently trades with a market capitalization of $89.83 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 10.85 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $3.41 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.94 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.32% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

Sometimes, we can understand most about a stock by simply looking at how it has been trading. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, U.S. Bancorp recorded a 52-week high of $58.50. It is now trading 4.35% off that level. The stock is trading $55.42 its 50-day moving average by 1.27%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $49.53.

In recent action, U.S. Bancorp (USB) has made a move of +0.33% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 16.68, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 0.79% with $1.66 Billion sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of USB.

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