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

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Citigroup ( C) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Citigroup rose 66 cents (1.5%) to $44.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 23.5 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 34.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.95-$44.71 after having opened the day at $43.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.84. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: PVF Capital ( PVFC), up 51.6%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 37.3%, Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), up 17.9%, and Transcontinental Realty ( TCI), up 16.4%.
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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 $128.56 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, two 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 increase in net income, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

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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