Citigroup Inc (C): Today's Featured Banking Laggard

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Citigroup ( C) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.5%. By the end of trading, Citigroup fell $2.42 (-6.3%) to $36.05 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 67.5 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $36-$37.79 after having opened the day at $37.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.47. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio ( VBFC), down 13%, Credit Suisse ( UWTI), down 12.1%, BankFinancial Corporation ( BFIN), down 9.2%, and First Interstate Bancsystem ( FIBK), down 7.5%.
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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 $109.44 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 41.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the banking industry could consider KBW Bank ETF ( KBE) while those bearish on the banking industry could consider ProShares Short KBW Regional Bankng ( KRS).

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