Banking Stocks: National Bank of Greece (ADR) (NYSE:NBG), Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS), Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C), HSBC (NYSE:HSBC), Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET)

National Bank of Greece (ADR) (NYSE:NBG) was the target of a large growth in short interest during the month of May. As of May 15th, there was short interest totalling 14,895,084 shares, a growth of 78.2% from the April 30th total of 8,360,672 shares, Analyst Ratings Network reports. Approximately 0.0% of the company’s stock are short sold. Based on an average daily volume of 6,902,571 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 2.2 days. National Bank of Greece (ADR) (NYSE:NBG) stock performance was 6.63% in last session and finished the day at $3.86. Traded volume was 8.62million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 5.32million shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.98.

Barclays Plc (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) expects the RBI to cut the key interest rate by 50 basis points in the second half of 2014. Rajan has raised it by 75 basis points since taking charge in September to rein in consumer-price gains. The CPI rose 8.59 percent in April from a year earlier, the fastest pace among Asia’s top 10 economies. Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) dropped -0.25 percent to $16.19 Thursday on volume of 2.55million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $15.98 to $16.34. Barclays PLC (ADR) (NYSE:BCS) has a market capitalization of $66.34billion.

Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C) has engaged law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher to supervise the U.S. bank’s investigation into loans made at its Mexican unit Banamex, the Wall Street Journal said on Thursday. Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C)’s stock on June 05, 2014 reported a increase of 1.57% to the closing price of $48.63. Its fifty two weeks range is $45.06 -$55.28. The total market capitalization recorded $147.73billion. The overall volume in the last trading session was 17.05million shares. In its share capital, C has 3.04billion outstanding shares.

HSBC Holdings Plc (ADR) (NYSE:HSBC) and the Bank of Nova Scotia are the two other participants in the benchmark setting process, which is conducted each day at noon. The fix plays a role in pricing jewellery, allows mining companies to settle sales contracts, and helps estimate the value of certain derivatives such as exchange-traded funds. On Thursday, shares of HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HSBC) advanced 0.13% to close the day at $52.28. Company return on investment (ROI) is 8.70% and its monthly performance is recorded as 2.99%. HSBC Holdings plc (ADR) (NYSE:HSBC) quarterly revenue growth is 2.13%.

The recent announcement of the relaxation of capital measures for insurers in the U.S. has boosted the share price of MetLife Inc. (NYSE:MET). The stock hit a new 52-week high at $54.93 on Jun 4. This global multi-line insurer’s shares rose about 5.4% since the company reported its first-quarter 2014 results at the end of Apr 2014. Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) stock performance was -0.62% in last session and finished the day at $54.44. Traded volume was 7.78million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 6.36million shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.87. Metlife Inc (NYSE:MET) insider ownership is 0.10%.