Anxiety about the fate of Citigroup is growing.
Investors fear the company may need more assistance from the federal government to stay afloat, even after regulators organized a $20 billion bailout in November, including a guarantee of $300 billion in loans on Citi's books. That came in addition to the $25 billion in funds Citi received from the Treasury's Troubled Asset Relief Program in October.
The bank faces fourth-quarter losses in the neighborhood of $4 billion to $8 billion and another round of write-downs and loan loss reserves. Citi is negotiating with Morgan Stanley (nyse: MS - news - people ) to sell 51% or more of Smith Barney, which could bring in $2 billion to $3 billion in cash.