Online Brokers Well-Represented on iPad

Mobile-savvy traders lucky enough to score an iPad this past weekend can access applications offered by several discount brokers including E*Trade, Fidelity and TD Ameritrade.
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Mobile-savvy traders lucky enough to score an iPad this past weekend can access market data and make trades through applications offered by several discount brokers including E*Trade Financial (ETFC) - Get Report, TD Ameritrade (AMTD) - Get Report and Fidelity Investments.

In a press release issued before Tuesday's opening bell, E*Trade trumpeted the availability of its E*Trade Mobile Pro application to users of

Apple's

(AAPL) - Get Report

latest technology invention, which

began shipping

over the weekend.

"With more and more consumers turning to mobile devices to stay on top of the markets and their money, E*Trade is focus on providing a smooth, secure mobile environment for customers to access their accounts and interact with the markets," E*Trade Securities President Michael Curcio said in a statement.

E*Trade's Mobile Pro is available free through Apple's App Store and its features include real-time streaming stock and options quotes; the ability to trade stocks during regular market and extended hours sessions; access to E*Trade brokerage and bank accounts, live streaming of

CNBC

and other features.

To see a guided tour of E*Trade's Mobile Pro, click here:

TD Ameritrade currently offers existing active traders on its main platform access to the iStockManager application, which is compatible with the three devices.

However, a TD Ameritrade spokesman told

TheStreet

the company is developing a iPad-compatible application for its thinkorswim customers that it expects to launch in the near future.

Fidelity is also expanding its mobile offerings, which the Boston-based firm has been providing for more than a decade, to include applications for the iPad.

In February Fidelity launched its application for iPhone and iPod Touch users to place stock, option, exchange-traded funds or mutual fund trades via a "simplified and intuitive trade ticket" enabled by Apple's Multi-touch user interface, which also works on the new iPad.

The application is free and offers customers access to equity trades at

Fidelity's lowered commission rate

of $7.95 per trade as well as free commission on trading in 25 iShares ETFs, it says.

Apple's

latest tablet device was introduced with much fanfare in January and officially launched over the Easter holiday weekend.

Not all discount brokers have stepped onto the Apple trail as yet. Both

Charles Schwab

(SCHW) - Get Report

and

Scottrade

are still working on developing applications for the iPhone and iPad that will hopefully be available by the end of the year, the companies say.

A Scottrade spokeswoman said in an e-mail that last year the firm launched m.scottrade.com, a free enhanced mobile trading site giving users the freedom to manage accounts and trade online from any Internet-enabled mobile device with no application to download.

--Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York.