You think gov't rescue is going to make investors rich! It hopes to just keep these companies functional. Citi's size is its own worst enemy. C has billions more to write off before it struggles with more massive credit card default exposure than any other company.Unemployment and inflation will drive that, not the government. Why in the world would anyone buy into that??? C will have to test single digits before it starts any semblance of growth. That may be years!
The government has a vested interest in Citigroup and other banks because of the equity position recently taken. If C stock appreciates then the government can turn a nice profit on the deal. It is like having the referee on your side in an athletic competition.