NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Citigroup (C) - Get Report shares were among the winners in the financial sector Wednesday as two prominent hedge funds disclosed that they had increased their stakes in Citi during the fourth quarter.
In regulatory filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission
late Tuesday, George Soros' fund said it acquired 95 million Citigroup shares, up from zero in the previous quarter. John Paulson's fund, meanwhile, added 200 million shares to its already significant position in the troubled megabank.
Wednesday morning, Citigroup stock was changing hands at $3.37, up 1.7%.
Bank of America
shares -- up 2% to $15.48 -- were also pacing financials a day after adding 4.6%. On Tuesday, the firm reported improving credit-card delinquency rates in January and the fewest number of late payments from users of its plastic in 12 months.
Among the other megabanks that appear to be facing
another looming mortgage-debt reckoning
was down 0.2% to $39.98 and
was falling 0.6% $27.22.
Elsewhere, online brokerage firms
reported late Tuesday that their
. The former company's shares, trading at $17.40 Wednesday morning, up 0.5%, received an upgrade from an analyst at FBR Capital Markets.
E*Trade's beaten-down shares inched higher by a penny to $1.53.
, meanwhile, saw its stock price shed 1.2% to $27.49 after a report in
The Wall Street Journal
indicated that the firm may have to forfeit to creditors some $2.4 billion worth of hotels in Japan. Values on those properties, bought by Morgan Stanley in 2007, have plunged amid the global commercial real-estate bust.
were also trading lower, down 0.24% to $157.03.
-- Written by Scott Eden in New York
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