Citi sees quarterly investment banking slide, markets business rise

Folks wander beneath a Citibank department emblem in the economical district of San Francisco, California July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Picture

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June 15 (Reuters) – Citigroup (C.N) worldwide head of markets Andy Morton explained to an trader meeting on Wednesday that he expected a decline of as substantially as 55% in the bank’s investment banking business enterprise this quarter and an maximize of about 25% in its marketplaces company.

Citi was outperforming the S&P 500’s financial institution index (.SPXBK), up 1% on the day, with the firm’s shares very last up 2.6% at $47.14 looking set for its next straight day of gains right after a four-day sell-off in which it dropped a lot more than 12%.

Morton, speaking through the webcast of a Morgan Stanley conference, stated a slump in issuance and in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) thanks to the macro financial and geopolitical circumstance were driving the investment banking drop.

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“Our belief is that the wallet is down 50%-55% in investment banking, and our assessment is that we’re likely to arrive in appropriate around that those sort of stages,” Morton reported.

But he claimed Citi’s markets company was a distinctive tale because of to market volatility throughout all assets together with commodities and overseas trade, a single of its vital segments.

Morton reported his existing estimate was for a 2nd-quarter calendar year-about-year income maximize “north of 25%” in marketplaces, even though the government claimed volatility also intended the circumstance could adjust rapidly.

“Just provided the volatility, you know, even in two months, when you happen to be having moves like we are getting in the previous couple times or so, that variety could definitely fluctuate,” he claimed, incorporating corporate exercise was up about a third for the 2nd quarter.

Since Citi’s fastened income markets business was considerably even larger than its equity organization, the govt explained Citi was hunting for “low hanging fruit” to expand in equities, which include in search of to safe equities business enterprise from its preset revenue shoppers.

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Reporting by Noor Zainab Hussain and Sinéad Carew Editing by Edmund Blair

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