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More top-performing CAPS members are returning to the bullish camp in US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) -- after spending months at a mediocre three-star rank, the stock has recently popped up to touch the four-star level once again. A total of 2,022 members have given their opinion on US Bancorp, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

While US Bancorp's profits took a hit due to higher credit costs in the second quarter, its operations showed strength; it pulled in its highest quarterly net revenue in company history at $4.2 billion. Earnings were down sharply from last year, but unlike Bank of America's (NYSE:BAC) and Citigroup's (NYSE:C) earnings that were chock-full of one-time gains, US Bancorp had few one-time items to report. Strength in mortgage banking activity, similar to what Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) saw, boosted income from fees and other charges by 9%. Net interest income also rose 10% on attractive spreads.

While bad loans are still an issue in its portfolio, US Bancorp has seen signs of improvement and better asset quality trends. CAPS members are warming up to the bank for other reasons too, like Warren Buffett's investment in the bank and its ability to repay TARP funds like Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) did. And the firm has reached a major milestone with the repurchase of $139 million in stock warrants from the Treasury to completely exit TARP.

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