Men and women walk beneath a Citibank branch brand in the economic district of San Francisco, California July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

June 15 (Reuters) – Citigroup (C.N) worldwide head of marketplaces Andy Morton told an investor conference on Wednesday that he predicted a drop of as a lot as 55% in the bank’s financial investment banking organization this quarter and an raise of more than 25% in its marketplaces company.

Citi was outperforming the S&P 500’s lender index (.SPXBK), up 1% on the day, with the company’s shares previous up 2.6% at $47.14 searching set for its second straight working day of gains immediately after a 4-working day sell-off in which it dropped much more than 12%.

Morton, speaking in the course of the webcast of a Morgan Stanley convention, reported a slump in issuance and in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) because of to the macro financial and geopolitical circumstance ended up guiding the investment decision banking decline.

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“Our belief is that the wallet is down 50%-55% in investment decision banking, and our assessment is that we’re heading to arrive in correct close to that those form of amounts,” Morton claimed.

But he claimed Citi’s marketplaces enterprise was a distinct story thanks to sector volatility throughout all property like commodities and international trade, a single of its important segments.

Morton stated his present-day estimate was for a 2nd-quarter 12 months-around-calendar year income raise “north of 25%” in markets, despite the fact that the govt claimed volatility also intended the situation could alter immediately.

“Just specified the volatility, you know, even in two months, when you might be getting moves like we’re acquiring in the previous couple days or so, that range could obviously fluctuate,” he claimed, introducing company exercise was up about a third for the 2nd quarter.

Considering that Citi’s preset income markets company was much even larger than its equity enterprise, the govt mentioned Citi was seeking for “lower hanging fruit” to develop in equities, which include looking for to secure equities enterprise from its preset revenue purchasers.

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

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