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) pushed the Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Citigroup rose $0.66 (1.4%) to $47.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23,343,113 shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,236,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.40-$47.43 after having opened the day at $46.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.46. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were:

Broadway Financial



), up 11.2%,

Credit Suisse



), up 9.8%,

WVS Financial



), up 8.6% and

Credit Suisse



), up 6.9%.

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Citigroup, Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides a range of financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup has a market cap of $137.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Pathfinder Bancorp



), down 17.5%,

PSB Holdings



), down 8.5%,

First United



), down 7.5% and

Flagstar Bancorp



), down 6.4% , were all laggards within the banking industry with

New York Community Bancorp



) being today's banking industry laggard.

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