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New Lifetime High Reached: LPL Financial Holdings (LPLA)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified LPL Financial Holdings ( LPLA) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified LPL Financial Holdings as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • LPLA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $49.2 million.
  • LPLA has traded 6,832 shares today.
  • LPLA is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on LPLA:

LPL Financial Holdings Inc. provides an integrated platform of brokerage and investment advisory services to independent financial advisors and financial advisors at financial institutions in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.5%. LPLA has a PE ratio of 31.2. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate LPL Financial Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for LPL Financial Holdings has been 522,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. LPL Financial has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.34 and a short float of 2% with 1.26 days to cover. Shares are up 9.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates LPL Financial Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 8.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, LPL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 67.63% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • LPL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC has improved earnings per share by 16.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LPL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC reported lower earnings of $1.37 versus $1.50 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.40 versus $1.37).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 222.75% to $146.25 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, LPL FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 267.67%.

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