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

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Citigroup ( C) pushed the Banking industry lower today making it today's featured Banking laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Citigroup fell $0.87 (-1.8%) to $47.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 33,140,881 shares of Citigroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,940,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.29-$48.20 after having opened the day at $47.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.30. Other companies within the Banking industry that declined today were: Broadway Financial ( BYFC), down 17.8%, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV ( BSMX), down 9.8%, Wayne Savings ( WAYN), down 9.6% and Credit Suisse ( XIV), down 7.7%.

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 $145.8 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Citigroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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 stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. 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, Credit Suisse ( TVIX), up 16.7%, Credit Suisse ( VIIX), up 8.1%, Credit Suisse ( TVIZ), up 8.0% and QC Holdings ( QCCO), up 7.4%.

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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