The financial sector closed the day up 2.4%. Stream Global Services Inc ( SGS), Epoch Holding Corporation ( EPHC), Phoenix Companies Inc ( PNX), and AmeriServ Financial Inc ( ASRV) were all winners today within the financial sector with Citigroup Inc ( C) being today's featured financial winner. Citigroup Inc rose 72 cents (3.1%) to $23.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 74.9 million shares of Citigroup Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 48.9 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 $74.7 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.9, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 45.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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 negative front, Plumas Bancorp ( PLBC), Vestin Realty Mortgage I Inc ( VRTA), First Federal of Northern Michigan Bancorp ( FFNM), and Summit Financial Group Inc ( SMMF) were all losers within the financial sector with Morgan Stanley ( MS) being today's financial sector Loser 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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