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NEW YORK, March 14 (Reuters) - Shares of E*Trade Financial
Corp dropped 8.2 percent on Thursday on news that hedge
fund Citadel LLC is dumping its stake in the bank and discount
Citadel was E*Trade's largest investor, holding 27.4 million
shares, equal to 9.6 percent of the outstanding shares. Citadel
said late on Wednesday that it was selling its stake in a
secondary offering to Citigroup Inc. E*Trade will not
receive any proceeds.
Shares of E*Trade, which closed Wednesday at $11.82, fell 97
cents on Thursday to close at $10.85.
In a report Thursday morning to clients titled "Bye Bye
Baby-Citadel," a reference to E*Trade's "wise baby"
advertisements, Compass Point Research & Trading analyst Michael
Tarkan said investors were likely to "take some profits" during
the day as E*Trade shares have risen 32 percent this year. He
has a "neutral" rating on the stock.
(Reporting by Jed Horowitz; editing by John Wallace and Matthew