The

financial

sector closed the day down 2.7%.

Imperial Holdings Inc

(

IFT

),

OptimumBank Holdings Inc

(

OPHC

),

ZipRealty Inc

(

ZIPR

), and

Bank VA Chesterfield

(

BOVA

) were all decliners today within the financial sector with

Citigroup Inc

(

C

) being today's featured financial loser. Citigroup Inc fell $1.02 (-3.8%) to $25.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 36.2 million shares of Citigroup Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 49 million shares.

Citigroup, Inc., a global financial services company, provides consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions with a range of financial products and services. The company operates through two segments, Citicorp and Citi Holdings. Citigroup Inc has a market cap of $78 billion and is part of the

banking

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 8.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 43.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front,

TheStreet Recommends

Dearborn Bancorp Inc

(

DEAR

),

American Realty Capital Properties Inc

(

ARCP

),

Waccamaw Bankshares Inc

(

WBNK

), and

North Central Bancshares Inc

(

FFFD

) were all gainers within the financial sector with

First Financial Northwest Inc

(

FFNW

) being today's financial sector Leader Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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