Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, banking giant US Bancorp (NYSE: USB) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at US Bancorp's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

US Bancorp facts

Headquarters (founded)

Minneapolis (1863)

Market Cap

$41.45 billion

Industry

Diversified banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.97 billion

Management

CEO Richard Davis (since 2006)
CFO Andrew Cecere (since 2007)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

18.5%

Dividend Yield

0.9%

Competitors

Citigroup (NYSE: C)
Bank of America (NYSE: BAC)
Wells Fargo (NYSE: WFC)
JPMorgan Chase (NYSE: JPM)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 93% of the 1,958 members who have rated US Bancorp believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pghsteelers and dswinters.

Just last month, pghsteelers highlighted several of US Bancorp's positives:

1) large part of earnings come from fee income
2) will raise [dividend] next year
3) excellent mgt
4) chargeoffs declining

US Bancorp's consumer focus, conservative underwriting, and enviable capital position continue to support its four-star CAPS status. Thanks in large part to the strength of its fee-based businesses -- payment processing and wealth management -- US Bancorp's three-year average return on equity (18.5%) easily tops that of rival banking giants Citigroup (-8.1%), Bank of America (3.7%), JPMorgan (6.9%), and Wells Fargo (10.5%). And while US Bancorp currently trades at a forward P/E premium to each of those very same rivals, CAPS member dswinters explains why it's still worth paying up for:

Tried and true savings and loan bank that does not take much risk. Besides Wells Fargo, this bank is one of the safest plays without the investment piece. Great dividend and cash flow. ... Slow growth and dividend will still outperform the market and like this company seeing a price target near 50 in the next few years.

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