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

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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) pushed the Financial Services industry higher today making it today's featured financial services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation rose 30 cents (1.5%) to $20.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.1 million shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $19.86-$20.22 after having opened the day at $19.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.81. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation ( AACC), up 12.2%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 9.3%, JMP Group ( JMP), up 6.4%, and Manhattan Bridge Capital ( LOAN), up 5%.
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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation 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 $10.7 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight 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 expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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