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Citigroup’s Heartache

Getting dumped stinks. You think you’ve found a wonderful partner only to realize those feelings aren’t returned. Poor Citigroup!

On Friday the bank found itself grappling with a broken marriage proposal after rival Wells Fargo agreed to buy Wachovia for about $15.1 billion, thwarting a planned union with Citigroup .

However, like so many suitors, Wells Fargo could be in for a fight. Citigroup is considering its options and may file a lawsuit to break up the Wachovia-Wells Fargo deal, which came together quickly overnight.

Citigroup said it had an exclusivity agreement with Wachovia to prevent them from finding other possible buyers.

Considering the Street is littered with broken promises, what does it mean going forward?

Ladenburg Thalman analyst Dick Bove tells us if he were building a portfolio right now he'd take a huge position in Citigroup. And "I would buy PNC, BB&T, and Bank of American," he says on Fast Money.

As you can guess he’s somewhat bullish on financials. In fact Bove thinks the headlines should read banks are bouncing bank.

"Keep in mind that Wells Fargo, JP Morgan, BB&T, USB , Bank of America , and PNC Financial are all up 75% from their lows,” he says.

You want to know why? “Most of the information being pushed out about banks not making loans is simply dead wrong.”

"It’s baloney that banks won’t lend to each other. When the LIBOR rate is 2% they’re lending. There is so much misinformation about this industry it boggles the mind.”

By misinformation he means that too many financial services firms are being called banks, when by strict definition they're really not.

“You’ve got to separate the commercial banking sector from the non-banks. You’ve had thrifts go down, investment banks go down and mortagage companies go down, but a major commercial bank has not gone down," Bove tells the traders. "These companies are not in the trouble that the Secretary of the Treasury claims they are… the magnitude is being overstated in a huge fashion.”

What do you think? We want to know!


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