Charles Schwab Corp Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (SCHW)

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+ . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 29.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Capital Markets industry average. The net income increased by 15.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $238.00 million to $275.00 million.
  • SCHWAB (CHARLES) CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SCHWAB (CHARLES) CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.71 versus $0.37 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 2.8% in earnings ($0.69 versus $0.71).
  • SCHW has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.02% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services to individuals and institutional clients. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.7, equal to the average financial services industry P/E ratioand above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Charles Schwab has a market cap of $16.59 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.
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