U.S. Bancorp: The Stress Tests and Dividends

Last week, the Federal Reserve reported that 17 of the nation's 18 largest banks passed this year's round of stress tests. Among those making the grade was U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB  ) . The question this week, set to be answered on Thursday, is whether the Fed will allow U.S. Bancorp to return more capital to shareholders by means of a higher dividend and/or share buyback program. In the video below, Motley Fool contributor John Maxfield discusses why he thinks the chances of this are good.

With big finance firms still trading at deep discounts to their historic norms, investors everywhere are wondering if this is the new normal, or whether finance stocks are a screaming buy today. The answer depends on the company, so to help figure out whether U.S. Bancorp is a buy today, I invite you to read our premium research report on the company. Click here now for instant access!


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