NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Hopefully, Citigroup's (C) institutional equities clients aren't San Francisco 49ers fans.
Just a few days after the Seattle Seahawks and their controversial star cornerback Richard Sherman sent the 49ers home empty-handed from a thrilling NFC Championship, Citigroup's regional and trust banking analysts Josh Levin and Arjun Sharma are willing to draw parallels to their coverage of financial sector stocks.
In a Tuesday research note, the analysts made the point that Regions Financial (RF) is the Richard Sherman of the banking industry, albeit with some small differences.
"Regions Financial Corp: Talented Like, but More Congenial Than, Richard Sherman," the analysts wrote in a note reacting to the firm's fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday.
For those who might have been stuck in an elevator for the last few days, Richard Sherman is the Stanford University educated Seattle Seahawks cornerback who swatted away a last minute touchdown pass from San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick to receiver Michael Crabtree, sealing a narrow victory and Superbowl birth for his team.
Sherman, a cocky all-pro cornerback, however, became a national sensation for more than just his clutch on-field play. In a post-game interview with Fox's Erin Andrews, Sherman called Crabtree a "mediocre" receiver, in what can objectively be called one of the worst displays of sportsmanship in recent memory.
So, according to Citigroup, Regions Financial may contain the savvy and performance of Sherman, albeit without a loud personality that could rub some the wrong way. It's worth noting that the analysts maintained a "neutral" rating on shares of the bank.