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TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation ( AMTD) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation fell $0.34 (-1.5%) to $22.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 9,761,920 shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,502,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.94-$22.51 after having opened the day at $22.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.74. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Gleacher ( GLCH), down 5.8%, US Global Investors ( GROW), down 3.9%, Global X Silver Miners ETF ( SIL), down 3.8% and North European Oil Royalty ( NRT), down 3.0%.
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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 $12.1 billion and is part of the financial sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 35.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 7.0%, WisdomTree Investments ( WETF), down 4.8%, Encore Capital Group ( ECPG), down 4.7% and SP Bancorp ( SPBC), down 4.2% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with American Express ( AXP) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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