TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

(

AMTD

) pushed the Financial sector lower today making it today's featured Financial loser. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation fell 25 cents (-1.4%) to $17.04 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.9 million shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.72-$17.25 after having opened the day at $17.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.29. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were:

Village Bank and Trust Financial Corporatio

(

VBFC

), down 15%,

Penson Worldwide

(

PNSN

), down 14.3%,

New Century Bancorp

(

NCBC

), down 10.4%, and

Atlantic Coast Financial

(

ACFC

), down 9.5%.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage services and technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation has a market cap of $9.49 billion and is part of the

financial services

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 16 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front,

SYSWIN

(

SYSW

), up 18.9%,

Power REIT

(

PW

), up 14.1%,

CD International

(

CDII

), up 11.5%, and

Gleacher

(

GLCH

), up 10.9%, were all gainers within the financial sector with

Citigroup

(

C

) being today's featured financial sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider

Financial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLF

) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider

Proshares Short Financials

(

SEF

).

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