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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation rose $0.29 (1.1%) to $26.82 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,704,254 shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,136,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $26.60-$27.00 after having opened the day at $26.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.53. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that increased today were: Investors Capital Holdings ( ICH), up 9.5%, Noah Holdings ( NOAH), up 9.3%, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 8.8% and Dominion Resources Black Warrior ( DOM), up 3.6%.

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 $14.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 57.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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 solid stock price performance, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Marine Petroleum ( MARPS), down 3.5%, Consumer Portfolio Services ( CPSS), down 3.5%, Manning & Napier ( MN), down 3.5% and Atlanticus Holdings ( ATLC), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the financial services industry with BlackRock ( BLK) being today's financial services industry laggard.

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