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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Citigroup rose $0.87 (1.7%) to $51.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 22,941,763 shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 29,379,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.74-$52.15 after having opened the day at $51.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.90. Other companies within the Banking industry that increased today were: Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 8.4%, Carolina Trust Bank ( CART), up 7.9%, Bbva Banco FrancesS.A ( BFR), up 6.8% and Macro Bank ( BMA), up 6.5%.

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 $156.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 29.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 good cash flow from operations. 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, Atlantic Coast Financial ( ACFC), down 8.5%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 7.8%, Guaranty Federal ( GFED), down 6.2% and Southwest Georgia Financial Corporation ( SGB), down 5.3% , were all laggards within the banking industry with Zions ( ZION) being today's banking industry laggard.

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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