Citigroup: Financial Winners and Losers

Citigroup reported a fourth-quarter loss as expected and saw improving credit losses.
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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

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Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

was among the winners of the financial sector Tuesday after the bank reported a fourth-quarter loss that matched expectations and showed another quarter of improving credit losses.

Citigroup

posted a fourth-quarter loss of $7.6 billion, or 33 cents a share, better than the year-ago loss of $3.40 a share and inline with the Thomson Reuters average estimate. However, much like

JPMorgan Chase

(JPM) - Get Report

last week, revenue in the quarter was lighter than expected. Fourth-quarter revenue totaled $5.4 billion, or $15.5 billion excluding the loss on the repayment of TARP and exiting the loss-sharing agreement.

Citigroup said the provision for loan losses in the fourth quarter was $8.2 billion, down 36% from the prior year and 10% from the previous quarter. Fourth-quarter net credit losses of $7.1 billion were down $800 million from the prior quarter, marking the second consecutive quarter of improvement.

Citigroup shares were lately up 10 cents, or 2.9%, to $3.52.

In other bank news,

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Report

has delayed the announcements of London bonus payouts until next week, a person familiar with the matter told

Reuters

. Goldman had been expected to give staff the outline of their bonuses on Monday. However, staff were not told in advance this year, the source told

Reuters

. The investment bank is due to announce results on Thursday

Meanwhile,

The Daily Telegraph

reported that the Financial Services Authority, Britain's financial regulator, had taken issue with Goldman's bonus plans, effectively blocking them. Goldman shares were gaining 0.7% to $166.42.

Most other bank stocks were trading mixed.

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

retraced early losses and was up 0.6% to $16.35.

Morgan Stanley

(MS) - Get Report

rose 1.9% to $30.96 and

Wells Fargo

(WFC) - Get Report

tacked on 0.8% to $28.30. On the other hand, JPMorgan Chase fell 0.6% to $43.44.

TD Ameritrade

(AMTD) - Get Report

were also among the winners after the Internet brokerage posted a fiscal first-quarter profit of 23 cents a share, below the Thomson Reuters average estimate of 26 cents a share. Revenue in the quarter climbed to $625 million from $610.7 million in year-earlier period. Analysts estimated revenue of $634.1 million.

TD Ameritrade shares were climbing 3.8% to $19.01.

Meanwhile, rival

E*Trade Financial

(ETFC) - Get Report

retraced some of Friday's surge, which was sparked by speculation that the online brokerage was again entertaining talks of a sale.

The Daily Telegraph

reported Friday that E*Trade was in "advanced" talks regarding a sale, although it did not provide specific details or a source of the rumor.

E*Trade Financial shares were down 2.2% to $1.80, giving back some of Friday's 5.2% advance.

Elsewhere,

First Horizon

(FHN) - Get Report

shares retreated by 1.9% to $13.37 after the company reported a fourth-quarter loss of 32 cents a share, worse than the Thomson Reuters average estimate for a loss of 21 cents a share. Revenue dropped nearly 12% from a year ago to $436 million, also below the consensus target.

First Horizon also said net charge-offs totaled $182.9 million in fourth quarter, compared to $201.7 million in the prior quarter, for the second consecutive quarterly drop.

Among analyst actions, Stifel Nicolaus resumed coverage of

CIT Group

(CIT) - Get Report

with a buy rating and a stock price target of $46. CIT shares were lately rising 1.7% to $32.55.

-- Written by Robert Holmes in Boston

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