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

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Citigroup ( C) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Citigroup rose $1.27 (2.5%) to $51.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 32,424,966 shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 22,874,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.33-$52.07 after having opened the day at $50.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.69. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Aberdeen Emerging Markets Smaller Company O ( ETF), up 79.9%, Aberdeen Greater China Fund ( GCH), up 71.0%, Marlin Business Services ( MRLN), up 10.1% and PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN ( DPU), up 9.2%.

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 $154.4 billion and is part of the banking industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 15 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 solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins 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, C-Tracks Citi Volatility Index TR ETN ( CVOL), down 16.5%, InnSuites Hospitality ( IHT), down 13.2%, VelocityShares Daily 2x VIX Short Term ETN ( TVIX), down 13.1% and Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 13.1%.

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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