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Two Ways To Play: Treasury's Sudden Halt to Sell Citi Stock

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Treasury's Sudden Halt to Sell Citi Stock

Shares of Citigroup (C) are under pressure this morning after the US Treasury abruptly canceled plans to cut its 34% stake in the bank.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Treasury suddenly reversed course after investors demanded a price so low that the government would have lost money in the deal.

The announcement comes just two days after the Treasury said it was going to sell about $5 billion of stock. Instead, a Treasury official said it will now divest its shares over the next six to 12 months.

Citigroup is down over 8% in the premarket trading near $3.16 a share.

From the Bull Pen: The news is an embarrassing gaffe by the Treasury but it doesn't have implications on the overall financial sector. Consider a play in Bank of America (BAC). A short-term sell stop can be set below $15.

From the Bear Cave: Bears looking for a downside play might find one in NYSE Euronext (NYX). The stock is sitting below its 200-DMA (26); a buy stop can be set above that level.

For more ways to play and other trading ideas from more than 30 top market pros, take a free trial to our Buzz & Banter.

A Quick Check Around the World

Asian trading closed with the Nikkei -0.13%, India -0.11%, Hang Seng -1.22%, Shanghai -2.34%, and Taiwan (Closed).

Across the pond, we see the FTSE -0.94%, CAC -0.60%, DAX -0.65%

As of 8:30 AM EST, S&P Futures are trading -8.50 to 1097.75. Nasdaq futures are -11.00 to 1789.00

A Look at Commodities

Over in commodities, crude oil is -0.70 to 71.96 while gold is -14.50 to 1121.70 this morning. Silver is -25.30 to 17.4 and copper -4.900 to 315.65.

The dollar Index is +0.6650 to 78.0000.

On the Radar

Economics

08:30 Initial Claims
08:30 Continuing Claims
10:00 Leading Indicators 0.7% cons.
10:00 Philadelphia Fed 16.5 cons.

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Good luck today!
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