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Rating Stocks in the Financial Sector: A Buy, Hold and Sell

Stocks in this article: C BGCP DB

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Buy: Citigroup (C)

Citigroup, a buy-rated stock, was lower in Monday trading, weighed down by the continuing budget deadlock in Congress. Shares were 1.6% lower to $48.34 in trading Monday, lagging the S&P 500 which was down 0.52%.

Massachusetts ruled on the Thursday that Citigroup was guilty of leaking information on Apple (AAPL) to investment firms before it was made available to the public. Citigroup will pay $30 million to settle the case.

Citigroup's fundamentals remain strong. TheStreet Ratings team rates Citigroup Inc as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate Citigroup Inc (C) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 1567.47% to $20,031 million when compared to the same quarter last year.
  • Compared to where it was trading one year ago, C is up 42.1% to its most recent closing price of $48.40. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of a bull or bear market could certainly alter the outcome, our view is that this stock's positive fundamentals give it good potential for further appreciation.
  • The net income increased by 42% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $2,946 million to $4,182 million.

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