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Wednesday, September 10, 2008 

Wells Fargo surpassed Citigroup in market Cap

The Wells Fargo surpassed Citigroup in market Cap and became the third U.S. bank more valuable. The stock closed the day at $31.17 which gave it a market capitalisation of around 103.14 billion of dollars. Citigroup closed at 18.88 which give it a market capitalization of just 102.81 billion dollars. This institution remains, however, as the largest bank by assets. According to Bloomberg, two years ago, Citigroup had a market capitalisation of more than 240 billion dollars, which doubled the value of Wells Fargo. Since then, shares of Citigroup accumulate a devaluation of 62%, which compares with a fall of 10% of Wells Fargo. The biggest bank by market value is the Bank of America, estimated at 148.29 billion dollars, followed by JPMorgan worth 135.66 billion dollars. The crisis of the market for high-risk credit already has resulted in more than 500 billion dollars in losses and depreciation of assets in financial institutions throughout the world. This list is led by Citigroup that has already lost 55 billion dollars. From a technical perspective, both stocks are trading in different technical scenarios.

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WFC - The recent breakout from the longstanding resistance line was accompanied with volume, however today's action was not so good. The stock failed to follow through and broke the resistance turned support at 31.73, indicating probably a false technical breakout. Looking closely at the technical chart, it still showing some bullish sign as 50 day moving average near to cross over 200 day moving, MACD above 0 and K line above D line. So, it's time to wait and see which direction the stock will choose to go.

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Citigroup has been trading in a downtrend since its highs in early 2007, depreciating from a 52-week high of $52.31 to a low of $13.77. Currently the stock is trading at around $19 and has been bouncing between $17 and $21. The technical chart above shows the stock has been testing the strong horizontal resistance of $21 (on 3 separate occasions) for the past 2 months. Yesterday, the stock failed again to surprass this key level and the Volume traded was quite large, which may be a indication that is too early to break this resistance. However, the stock still displaying some bullish signs. The MACD is still above the signal line and the stock price is above the 20 and 50 day moving averages. If this stock is still bullish, it may be able to hold its position above the 50 DMA. Otherwise, if the stock has really turned bearish, we can confirm it if it breaks the $18 support.

Disclaimer : Trading stocks involves risk, this information should not be viewed as trading recommendations.The charts provided here are not meant for investment purposes and only serve as technical examples.

That's All. See you tomorrow !!!


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