A Compelling Case for Citigroup

S&P says the financial giant is positioned to take advantage of expanding global economies and rates the shares strong buy

Citigroup (C; recent price, $52) managed to top expectations with its first quarter results on Apr. 16, as it posted operating earnings per share of $1.18, well above S&P's $1.10 estimate. The report reinforced our bullish view of the shares. We think they offer a compelling risk/reward trade-off and an attractive investment over the next 12 months, due to the company's diverse business mix of capital markets, consumer and commercial lending, and retail banking, as well as earnings leverage to an expanding global economy.

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