They don't seem to get it. The market WANTS nationalization, they want liquidation and an orderly dissolution. The market does not want more of the same shit, an endless sinkhole. WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- Amid fears that Citigroup Inc. (C) and Bank of America Corp. (BAC) are on the verge of being nationalized, the White House gave assurances that it prefers banks to remain out of the government's hands. "This administration continues to strongly believe that the privately held banking system is the correct way to go," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Friday. Shares of Citigroup and Bank of America sunk to 52-week lows Friday as investors worried the government's efforts to revive the banking sector will be unsuccessful. Both companies played down the speculation that they will be taken over by the government. -By Henry J. Pulizzi, Dow Jones Newswires; 202-862-9256; henry.pulizzi@ dowjones.com (END) Dow Jones Newswires 02-20-09 1422ET Copyright (c) 2009 Dow Jones & Company, Inc.