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

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Citigroup ( C) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Citigroup fell $0.57 (-1.1%) to $51.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 15,350,015 shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,356,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.30-$51.95 after having opened the day at $51.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.21. Other companies within the Financial sector that declined today were: Homex Development ( HXM), down 31.1%, Old Second Bancorp ( OSBC), down 11.1%, PSB Holdings ( PSBH), down 9.1% and Emclaire Financial Corporation ( EMCF), down 7.5%.

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 $160.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 33.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 17 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, revenue growth, 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.

On the positive front, Citizens First Corporation ( CZFC), up 21.7%, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), up 14.5%, Greene County Bancorp ( GCBC), up 8.2% and Credit Suisse ( DGAZ), up 7.5%.

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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