TD Ameritrade Holding Corp (AMTD): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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TD Ameritrade ( 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 0.2%. By the end of trading, TD Ameritrade fell $0.61 (-1.9%) to $32.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,748,162 shares of TD Ameritrade exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,735,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $31.72-$32.85 after having opened the day at $31.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.84. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: Pzena Investment Management ( PZN), down 9.9%, Stonegate Mortgage Corporation ( SGM), down 5.0%, Financial Engines ( FNGN), down 4.5% and Security National Financial ( SNFCA), down 4.1%.

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 has a market cap of $17.6 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate TD Ameritrade a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TD Ameritrade as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the positive front, Xoom ( XOOM), up 16.9%, Medallion Financial ( TAXI), up 8.1%, Mesa Royalty ( MTR), up 4.8% and Equus Total Return ( EQS), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Equifax ( EFX) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

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