Beleaguered financials sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) are readying themselves for a reverse split in Citigroup (NYSE: C) shares.

UBS Securities has issued a buy recommendation on the reversal in Citigroup’s performance, issuing a $5.60 price target objective, reports Jon C. Ogg for 24/7 Wall St.

The research recommendation is noteworthy considering that most traders usually short sell, or bet against, reverse-split stocks.

Citigroup will split its shares by a factor of 1 to 10, which translates to a price tag of around $45. But the more optimistic UBS projects a $56 target objective post-split.

Citigroup Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit believes the reverse split, along with a renewed dividend, will “open doors for more potential investors to buy in” since “some institutional investors will not buy stocks that trade at less than $10 or $5 per share or that do not pay a dividend,” reports Donal Griffin for Bloomberg.

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  • iShares Dow Jones U.S. Financial Services Index Fund (NYSEArca: IYG). Citi is 9.1%.
  • SPDR KBW Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE). Citi is 7.0%.
  • Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEArca: XLF). Citi is 6.8%.

Max Chen contributed to this article.

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