Moving to reignite enthusiasm for the Travelers-Citicorp merger, Travelers' two top executives last week said the broad business mix of the proposed Citigroup would enable the new company to weather market storms.

James Dimon, president of Travelers and co-chief executive of its Salomon Smith Barney unit, told employees Friday that the company is "committed to the Citibank merger" even as share prices of the merger partners tumble.

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