Investors sold shares of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) on strength during trading on Tuesday. $28.25 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $42.97 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $14.72 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, U.S. Bancorp had the 26th highest net out-flow for the day. U.S. Bancorp traded up $0.09 for the day and closed at $41.97

A number of research firms have weighed in on USB. Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of U.S. Bancorp in a research note on Tuesday, July 12th. Deutsche Bank AG downgraded shares of U.S. Bancorp from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $46.00 target price for the company. in a report on Tuesday, April 26th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Wells Fargo & Co. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of U.S. Bancorp in a report on Saturday, July 9th. Compass Point increased their target price on shares of U.S. Bancorp from $37.00 to $43.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, March 28th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of U.S. Bancorp from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 11th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.81.

The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $41.15 and a 200 day moving average price of $40.76. The firm has a market capitalization of $72.15 billion and a PE ratio of 13.16.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB) last released its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 15th. The financial services provider reported $0.83 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $5.45 billion for the quarter. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.80 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 8.1% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that U.S. Bancorp will post $3.25 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, July 15th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, June 30th were given a dividend of $0.255 per share. This represents a $1.02 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.43%. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, June 28th.

In related news, Vice Chairman Terrance R. Dolan sold 7,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $43.05, for a total value of $301,350.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 68,795 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,961,624.75. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director David B. Omaley sold 55,317 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.52, for a total transaction of $2,352,078.84. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 339,419 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,432,095.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in USB. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in U.S. Bancorp by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 92,732,849 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $3,956,910,000 after buying an additional 1,547,219 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System raised its stake in U.S. Bancorp by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 5,099,369 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $217,590,000 after buying an additional 130,900 shares in the last quarter. Standard Life Investments LTD raised its stake in U.S. Bancorp by 12.2% in the fourth quarter. Standard Life Investments LTD now owns 4,024,321 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $171,657,000 after buying an additional 436,321 shares in the last quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC raised its stake in U.S. Bancorp by 3.3% in the fourth quarter. Atlantic Trust Group LLC now owns 2,472,765 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $105,513,000 after buying an additional 78,742 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in U.S. Bancorp by 26.3% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 2,395,540 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $102,218,000 after buying an additional 498,421 shares in the last quarter.

U.S. Bancorp is a multi-state financial services holding company. The Company’s banking subsidiary, U.S. Bank National Association, is engaged in the general banking business in domestic markets. It provides a range of financial services, including lending and depository services, cash management, capital markets, and trust and investment management services.

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