Citigroup Inc (C): Today's Featured Banking 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 Banking industry higher today making it today's featured banking winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Citigroup rose $1.67 (3.7%) to $46.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 61.8 million shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.37-$46.70 after having opened the day at $45.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: National Bank of Greece ( NBG), up 10.5%, Credit Suisse ( DOIL), up 10.3%, Lake Shore Bancorp ( LSBK), up 8.1%, and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), up 7.8%.
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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 $135.47 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Citigroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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