November 19, 2008 / 3:14 PM / 11 years ago

Citigroup falls below U.S. Bancorp in market value

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc (C.N), once the largest U.S. bank by market value, has fallen to fifth, dropping behind U.S. Bancorp (USB.N) — which is one-eighth as large by assets.

The market capitalization of Citigroup fell as low as $42.2 billion early Wednesday, as the bank’s shares dropped as much as 7.3 percent to a 13-year low of $7.75. U.S. Bancorp’s market value was slightly below $44 billion in early trading.

Larger U.S. banks by market value include JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), Wells Fargo & Co (WFC.N) and Bank of America Corp (BAC.N). Citigroup’s market value topped $270 billion in late 2006.

Citigroup has been under pressure because of mounting losses from mortgages and complex debt instruments, and on Monday announced plans to cut 52,000 jobs by early next year.

On Wednesday, a Fox-Pitt Kelton analyst said the bank could face $3 billion of writedowns in the fourth quarter. Citigroup also said it would buy $17.4 billion of assets held by structured investment vehicles it advised.

Citigroup is based in New York, and ended September with $2.05 trillion of assets. U.S. Bancorp is based in Minneapolis, and reported $247.1 billion of assets.

Reporting by Jonathan Stempel, editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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