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

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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 $0.65 (1.3%) to $50.01 on light volume. Throughout the day, 18,545,774 shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,706,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.49-$50.25 after having opened the day at $49.52 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.36. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Patriot National Bancorp ( PNBK), up 9.4%, Hampden Bancorp ( HBNK), up 6.1%, Credit Suisse ( UOIL), up 6.0% and NewBridge Bancorp ( NBBC), up 5.4%.
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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 $149.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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, good cash flow from operations, 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.

On the negative front, Cordia Bancorp ( BVA), down 7.8%, Hampton Roads Bankshares ( HMPR), down 7.5%, Orrstown Financial Services ( ORRF), down 7.5% and Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), down 5.7%.

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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