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After a precipitous fall from its five-star rank in CAPS last year, Lloyds Banking Group (NYSE:LYG) is seeing a little more love from top-performing CAPS members recently. More thumbs up from voting members has the stock flirting with a four-star ranking after spending several months stuck at three stars. A total of 761 members have given their opinion on Lloyds, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

While Barclays (NYSE:BCS) has remained independent of government ownership, Royal Bank of Scotland (NYSE:RBS) and Lloyds Banking Group now count the UK government among their shareholders. But unlike the weak response to Royal Bank of Scotland's share offer, Lloyds raised $6.35 billion in its own offering recently, which will allow the bank to redeem the government's preference shares and save hundreds of millions a year in interest payments. Just as U.S. banks like JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM), US Bancorp (NYSE:USB), and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) have paid back TARP funds to the U.S. government, Lloyds said it will be able to use the fresh capital to make a partial repayment to the government.     

Although it still faces short-term difficulties, Lloyds recently received a couple of bullish nods from analysts at Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), with Goldman believing that the bank could eventually return to its strong historical return on equity and asset margin. And while many investors have completely written off banks, many CAPS members think even just one thing going right makes Lloyds attractive at today's prices.

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