TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (AMTD): Today's Featured Financial Loser

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 0.6%. By the end of trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation fell 14 cents (-0.8%) to $16.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, seven million shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $15.89-$16.80 after having opened the day at $16.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $16.40. Other company's within the Financial sector that declined today were: StanCorp Financial Group ( SFG), down 11%, SYSWIN ( SYSW), down 7.5%, Millennium India Acquisition Corporation ( SMCG), down 7.1%, and PremierWest Bancorp ( PRWT), down 7.1%.

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 $8.97 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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 hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, deteriorating net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Ampal-American Israel Corporation ( AMPL), up 15.7%, OptimumBank Holdings ( OPHC), up 12.2%, Fidelity Bancorp ( FSBI), up 11.6%, and Mid Penn Bancorp ( MPB), up 9.1%, were all gainers within the financial sector with Regions Financial Corporation ( RF) 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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