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

Citigroup ( C) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Citigroup rose 23 cents (0.8%) to $27.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 48.3 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.08-$27.17 after having opened the day at $26.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.92. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: SYSWIN ( SYSW), up 18.9%, Power REIT ( PW), up 14.1%, CD International ( CDII), up 11.5%, and Gleacher ( GLCH), up 10.9%.

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 $76.97 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.3, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 15%, Penson Worldwide ( PNSN), down 14.3%, New Century Bancorp ( NCBC), down 10.4%, and Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 9.5%, were all losers within the financial sector with TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) being today's financial sector loser.

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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