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

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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation rose 48 cents (3%) to $16.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.72-$16.40 after having opened the day at $15.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.83. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Carver Bancorp ( CARV), up 57.3%, Knight Capital Group ( KCG), up 15.2%, Institutional Financial Markets ( IFMI), up 11.3%, and Amrep Corporation ( AXR), up 11.2%.
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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 $8.66 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.2% 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 hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Porter Bancorp ( PBIB), down 10.3%, National Bank of Greece ( NBG), down 8.2%, Magyar Bancorp ( MGYR), down 7.8%, and Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), down 6.9%, were all laggards within the financial sector with DDR ( DDR) being today's financial sector laggard.

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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