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How to buy Citigroup stock

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Citigroup Inc is a banks—diversified business based in the US. Citigroup shares (C) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Citigroup employs 204,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$59.1 billion.

How to buy shares in Citigroup

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Citigroup Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: C. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Citigroup reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Citigroup, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Citigroup. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Citigroup share price

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Citigroup shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$32 - USD$83.11
50-day moving average USD$49.9843
200-day moving average USD$48.2437
Wall St. target priceUSD$68.19
PE ratio 7.2155
Dividend yield USD$2.04 (4.84%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.856

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Is it a good time to buy Citigroup stock?

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Is Citigroup under- or over-valued?

Valuing Citigroup stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Citigroup's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Citigroup's P/E ratio

Citigroup's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 7x. In other words, Citigroup shares trade at around 7x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Citigroup's PEG ratio

Citigroup's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.6305. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Citigroup's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Citigroup financials

Revenue TTM USD$59.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 27.56%
Gross profit TTM USD$66.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.65%
Return on equity TTM 7.07%
Profit margin 23.24%
Book value $83.407
Market capitalisation USD$87.8 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Citigroup shares

There are currently 16.8 million Citigroup shares held short by investors – that's known as Citigroup's "short interest". This figure is 0.9% down from 17.0 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Citigroup shares can be evaluated.

Citigroup's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Citigroup's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Citigroup shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Citigroup shares traded daily (recently around 24.4 million). Citigroup's SIR currently stands at 0.69. In other words for every 100,000 Citigroup shares traded daily on the market, roughly 690 shares are currently held short.

However Citigroup's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Citigroup shares, or, against the total number of tradable Citigroup shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Citigroup's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Citigroup shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0081% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Citigroup shares, roughly 8 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Citigroup.

Find out more about how you can short Citigroup stock.

Citigroup's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Citigroup.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Citigroup's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 29.09

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Citigroup's overall score of 29.09 (as at 08/01/2020) is nothing to write home about – landing it in it in the 54th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Citigroup is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Citigroup's environmental score

Environmental score: 4.15/100

Citigroup's environmental score of 4.15 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Citigroup is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Citigroup's social score

Social score: 13.88/100

Citigroup's social score of 13.88 puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Citigroup is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Citigroup's governance score

Governance score: 16.55/100

Citigroup's governance score puts it squarely in the 5th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Citigroup is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Citigroup's controversy score

Controversy score: 4/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Citigroup scored a 4 out of 5 for controversy – the second-lowest score possible, reflecting that Citigroup has a damaged public profile.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Citigroup Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 29.09
Total ESG percentile 54.38
Environmental score 4.15
Environmental score percentile 5
Social score 13.88
Social score percentile 5
Governance score 16.55
Governance score percentile 5
Level of controversy 4

Citigroup share dividends

35%

Dividend payout ratio: 35.17% of net profits

Recently Citigroup has paid out, on average, around 35.17% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 4.84% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Citigroup shareholders could enjoy a 4.84% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Citigroup's case, that would currently equate to about $2.04 per share.

While Citigroup's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Citigroup may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Citigroup's most recent dividend payout was on 28 August 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 31 July 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Citigroup's shares ever split?

Citigroup's shares were split on a 1:10 basis on 9 May 2011. So if you had owned 10 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 1 share. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Citigroup shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 900% higher share price could have impacted the market appetite for Citigroup shares which in turn could have impacted Citigroup's share price.

Citigroup share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Citigroup's shares have ranged in value from as little as $32 up to $83.11. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

C.US volatility(beta: 1.74)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Citigroup's is 1.7447. This would suggest that Citigroup's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Citigroup overview

Citigroup Inc., a diversified financial services holding company, provides various financial products and services to consumers, corporations, governments, and institutions in North America, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in two segments, Global Consumer Banking (GCB) and Institutional Clients Group (ICG). The GCB segment offers traditional banking services to retail customers through retail banking, Citi-branded cards, and Citi retail services. It also provides various banking, credit card lending, and investment services through a network of local branches, offices, and electronic delivery systems. The ICG segment offers wholesale banking products and services, including fixed income and equity sales and trading, foreign exchange, prime brokerage, derivative services, equity and fixed income research, corporate lending, investment banking and advisory services, private banking, cash management, trade finance, and securities services to corporate, institutional, public sector, and high-net-worth clients. As of December 31, 2019, it operated 2,348 branches primarily in the United States, Mexico, and Asia. Citigroup Inc. was founded in 1812 and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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