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Friday’s Hot Stocks: Citigroup, Wells Fargo, BP, More

Crude futures are well in the green this morning as traders look forward to the upcoming Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE:BHI) rig count release. Not surprisingly, the three main index futures are also in the green, as traders look to capture some of the market’s upside momentum. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at five trending stocks: Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C), Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC), Schlumberger Limited. (NYSE:SLB), T-Mobile US Inc (NASDAQ:TMUS), and BP plc (ADR) (NYSE:BP), and see why traders are displaying a keen interest in them this morning. We’ll also use SEC filings to see how top hedge funds are positioned in them.

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Citigroup Beats Estimates

Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) shares are slightly in the green this morning after the bank reported earnings of $1.24 per share on revenue of $17.55 billion, beating the consensus estimates of analysts by $0.14 per share and $80 million respectively. The bank’s CET 1 ratio moved up by 110 basis points year-over-year to 12.5%, while tangible book value rose to $63.53 from $59.18 per share. The “bad bank” Citi created to dispose of its unwanted assets, Citi Holdings, continued to shrink in the quarter, with revenue down by 57% year-over-year to $843 million. If the global economy recovers, Citigroup shares will do well. Ken Fisher‘s Fisher Asset Management was a top shareholder of Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) at the end of June, owning 12.06 million shares.

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Wells Fargo Meets the Mark

Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) reported in-line results for the second quarter, delivering EPS of $1.01 on revenue of $22.16 billion for the period, both of which met analysts’ expectations. Sales rose by 3.9% year-over-year, driven by total average loan growth of 9% year-over-year and total average deposit growth of 4%. The company’s common equity tier 1 ratio was 10.6%, while book value per common share rose to $35.38 from $32.96 per share. Many analysts expect Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE:WFC) to do well once interest rates normalize. The bank is one of the biggest positions held by Warren Buffett‘s Berkshire Hathaway as of March 31.

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On the next page we’ll find out why Schlumberger, T-Mobile, and BP are in the spotlight this morning.

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