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Citigroup Inc (C): A Day’s Moves

Inside Citi’s 2013 Agriculture OutlookEarly in trading, Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) is stumbling after days of big gains. Down by 1.08% at 10:15 a.m. EDT, the bank is following the overall trend of the markets, with investors questioning whether its rise in the past few days was really warranted. Looking at the driving factors behind the bank’s gains, we can determine if today’s drop means anything going forward.

1. Legalese
Most of the big banks got a boost from rival Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC)‘s settlement with insurer MBIA Inc. (NYSE:MBI) Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) included. But the big legal wins came for Citi itself as two rulings handed down will disallow investors from filing suit against the bank because of losses from auction rate securities. The securities in question have lost million since February, and since they were underwritten by Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C), these ruling defend it from arbitration from angry investors — a big win.

The bank is also in the process of suing Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) for $141 million for foreign exchange services it provided to a unit of Lehman Brothers shortly after it went bankrupt. Citi argues that it had been seeking an end to its trade settlements services to Lehman’s brokerage unit because of losses, but since Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) was in the process of acquiring Lehman’s U.S. brokerage business it insisted that Citi continue. Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) agreed to indemnify it for losses over a three-day period, during which Citi lost $580 million.

2. New faces
Citi’s been making changes with an eye toward the long run by hiring new faces and promoting old ones. Aiden Allen is set to be the new lead for “general industrials and financial sponsors” in Sydney. Putting Allen, who hails from UBS AG (ADR) (NYSE:UBS) and is a private equity guy, in that spot shows that the company is genuine about its efforts to expand its investment banking segment. Closer to home, Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) named Steven Wieting global chief strategist of its private banking segment. The move takes Wieting from his managing director and economist position in the Citi Research unit to operating the bank’s unit that is said to service a third of the world’s billionaires.

3. Market share
Citi has cut Deutsche Bank AG (USA) (NYSE:DB)‘s lead in currency trading down to 0.28% as it made gains in the emerging markets. Citi currently holds 14.9% of the market for currency trades, with 15.68% in emerging markets. Asia, where Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) is well positioned, accounted for a larger cut of the trading, jumping from 21% to 26%. The currency trading market accounted for $225 trillion in turnover, making it a huge win for Citi to march toward the top spot.

A day’s moves
Citi gained 4.94% over the past four days, and though a 1% drop doesn’t look or feel great, the bank is still making the right moves. As a Foolish investor, remember that for the long run, it’s most important to look at the fundamentals of the bank, how the operations are growing and developing, and whether management is making smart decisions for the company. If you look at those three things for Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C), today’s drop won’t bother you in the least.

The article Here’s Why Citigroup’s Drop Doesn’t Matter originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Jessica Alling.

Fool contributor Jessica Alling has no position in any stocks mentioned — you can contact her here. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America and Citigroup.

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