Citigroup Inc (C): Today's Featured Financial Winner

The financial sector closed the day up 1.2%. Old Second Bancorp Inc ( OSBC), Pittsburgh & West Virginia Railroad ( PW), First Acceptance Corporation ( FAC), and Mid Penn Bancorp Inc ( MPB) were all winners today within the financial sector with Citigroup Inc ( C) being today's featured financial winner. Citigroup Inc rose 76 cents (2.8%) to $28.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 47.4 million shares of Citigroup Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 53.4 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 $85.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of nine, below the average banking industry P/E ratio of 9.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 38.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, OptimumBank Holdings Inc ( OPHC), China Housing & Land Development Inc ( CHLN), FXCM Inc ( FXCM), and New Century Bancorp Inc ( NCBC) were all losers within the financial sector with Deutsche Bank ( DB) 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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