Where US Bancorp Stands Today

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior analyst Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, discusses topics around the investing world.

US Bancorp has had a pretty solid 2012 so far ... especially versus peers like JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. Its first-quarter earnings beat expectations and last year's tally, it raised dividends by 56%, and improved its bad debt percentage to 1.3% (a very good figure). It's no wonder US Bank trades at a premium. Anand explains in the following video.

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The article Where US Bancorp Stands Today originally appeared on Fool.com.

Anand Chokkavelu owns shares of Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase. He also owns long-dated options on Bank of America and warrants on Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase. The Motley Fool owns shares of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup and has created a covered strangle position in Wells Fargo. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Goldman Sachs. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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