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UPDATE: UBS Downgrades Citi (C) to Neutral on Valuation

September 20, 2012 6:41 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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(Updated - September 20, 2012 11:29 AM EDT)

UBS downgraded Citi (NYSE: C) from Buy to Neutral and maintained their price target of $36, saying the risk/reward is less compelling.

"We are generally more cautious on the group overall, given the run up in the sector, up 31% since late July (vs 12% for the XLF and 8% for the S&P). C shares have fully participated in this rally too, up 35% over the same time period."

The firm said central bank action won't provide much upside. "We estimate that in a more constructive environment for capital markets, Citi’s ROTE could move up to 9.5% for next year. However, given a 12% cost of equity, this would mean C shares do not have much upside at 0.7x TBV, even in the unlikely case where that very optimistic scenario plays out."

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Shares of Citi closed at $34.18 yesterday.




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