U.S. Bancorp (USB), an Attractive Detractor?

Mairs & Power, an investment management firm, published its fourth-quarter 2020 ‘Growth Fund’ Investor Letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 13.88% was recorded by the fund in the fourth quarter of 2020, outperforming its S&P 500 TR benchmark that delivered a 12.15% return, but below the Lipper Multi Cap Core Funds index that posted gains of 15.69% in the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.op 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.

Mairs & Power, in their Q4 2020 investor letter, mentioned U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) and emphasized their views on the company. U.S. Bancorp is a Minnesota-based bank holding company. It currently has an $80.8 billion market capitalization. Since the beginning of the year, USB delivered a 15.50% return, extending its 12-month gains to 48.61%. As of March 9, 2021, the stock closed at $52.90 per share.

Here is what Mairs & Power has to say about U.S. Bancorp in their Q4 2020 investor letter:

“On the negative side, one of the Fund’s biggest detractor in 2020 was U.S. Bancorp (USB). Like all banks, U.S. Bank was hurt by the difficult interest rate environment and credit cycle concerns. We believe banks are strong enough to survive the current sector doldrums, and they remain some of the market’s most attractive opportunities.”

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Our calculations show that U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) does not belong in our list of the 30 Most Popular Stocks Among Hedge Funds. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, U.S. Bancorp was in 60 hedge fund portfolios, compared to 48 funds in the third quarter. USB delivered a 20.71% return in the past 3 months.

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