Market value: $153.4 billion
Dividend yield: 2.8%
Analysts' average recommendation: 1.79
Analysts as a group aren't as jubilant about large bank stocks as they are about the sector's midsize and smaller companies. But Citigroup (C) $67.27, the nation's fourth largest bank by assets, has a cleanly bullish camp. With an average recommendation of 1.79, analysts are split on whether the massive money center bank is a "Strong Buy" or a "Buy."
As well they should be. With an average price target of $77.64, according to Refinitiv, shares in Citigroup have implied upside of more than 18% in the next 12 months or so.
UBS analysts, who rate Citigroup stock at "Buy," say "a low bar could set (the) stage for near-term outperformance." Shares in the bank are up 26% year-to-date already.
Wall Street expects average annual earnings growth of nearly 17% over the next five years. For the quarter to be reported ahead of the April 15 opening bell, expectations for profit growth are a bit more subdued at 7.1%, but still better than the sector average.
source: yahoo finance