Stifel Nicolaus Upgrades Fifth Third (FITB), Downgrades US Bancorp (USB)

April 3, 2012 8:28 AM EDT
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Price: $21.61 -0.96%

Rating Summary:
    13 Buy, 22 Hold, 2 Sell

Rating Trend: Down Down

Today's Overall Ratings:
    Up: 30 | Down: 50 | New: 20
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Stifel Nicolaus' Christopher Mutascio effectively put out a pair trade Tuesday morning, upgrading shares of Fifth Third (Nasdaq: FITB) while at the same time downgrading shares of US Bancorp (NYSE: USB).

The analyst now rates Fifth Third shares a Buy, up from Hold previously, and set a $17 price target. Mutascio lowered his investment rating on shares of US Bancorp from Buy to Hold and suspended his $32 price target.

Traders are reacting appropriately ahead of the opening bell: Fifth Third shares are up 0.3 percent $14.48 and shares of US Bancorp are down 0.75 percent to $31.47.

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