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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Citigroup rose $1.13 (2.2%) to $53.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 26,762,394 shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 21,557,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.31-$53.47 after having opened the day at $52.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.27. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 13.8%, ELEMENTS Linked to SPECTRUM Large Cap U.S ( EEH), up 12.8%, Gaming and Leisure Properties ( GLPI), up 10.1% and iPath Long Extended S&P 500 TR Index ETN ( SFLA), up 8.0%.

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 $158.0 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 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, PowerShares DB Commodity Long ETN ( DPU), down 10.7%, Gyrodyne Company of America ( GYRO), down 9.2%, HMG/Courtland Properties ( HMG), down 8.7% and Anchor Bancorp ( ANCB), down 7.3% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Progressive Corporation ( PGR) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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