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August 14, 2014
10:45 EDTAMTD, AMTD, SCHW, SCHW, ETFC, ETFCDeutsche Bank hosts an analyst Online Brokers/Industry conference call
Analyst will discuss his initiation of coverage of Online Brokers in a conference call on August 14 at 11 am. Tickers to be discussed include AMTD, SCHW, ETFC.
News For AMTD;SCHW;ETFC From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
12:00 EDTSCHW, ETFC, AMTDE-Trade rallies after Q4 results beat estimates, capital plan approved
Shares of online broker E-Trade Financial (ETFC) are rising after the company’s fourth quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and announced it has received regulatory approval realign its organizational structure. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, E-Trade reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $461M, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 23c and $445.11M, respectively. Quarterly results excluded a $59M pre-tax loss on early extinguishment of corporate debt. For the quarter, Daily Average Revenue Trades, or DARTs, were 168,000, an increase of 10% from the third quarter. The company ended Q4 with 3.1 million brokerage accounts, an increase of 17,000 from the end of Q3, and brokerage account attrition for Q4 was 9.1%. E-Trade said that the company added $3.5B in net new brokerage assets in Q4, or an annualized growth rate of 5.8%. The company also ended the quarter with $290B in total customer assets, compared with $282B at the end of Q3. Provision for loan losses was $10M in Q4, unchanged from Q3, while net-charge offs were $7M, comapred with $10M in Q3. The company reported bank and consolidated Tier 1 leverage ratios of 10.6% and 8.1%, respectively, as of December 31, compared with 10.4% and 7.7% in the prior quarter. WHAT’S NOTABLE: E-Trade announced that it has received regulatory approval to operate E*TRADE Bank at a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9%, and realign its organizational structure by moving its two broker-dealers-- E*Trade Securities and E*Trade Clearing -- from under E*Trade Bank, which it says will simplify the distribution of capital generated by those entities to the parent company. E*Trade Securities will be moved in early February, while the move of E*Trade Clearing is expected to be completed later in the year. The approval to move these subsidiaries allows the company to distribute approximately $430M of their excess capital to the parent, the company added. Separately, the company announced on its earnings conference call that Chief Marketing Officer Liza Landsman will leave the company to pursue other opportunities. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Credit Suisse upgraded E-Trade to Outperform from Neutral. The firm believes E-Trade is on the path to unlock substantial value and views the company's regulatory approval to separate its broker dealer unit and release excess capital from the bank subsidiary is a "turning point" for value creation. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $28 from $24. Another firm, JMP Securities, said E-Trade achieved a "crucial milestone." After E-Trade announced that it had received approval to move forward on its capital plan, freeing up significant excess capital, JMP Securities believes that this development could add 50c-$1.00+ to the company's EPS. The firm kept a $28 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, E-Trade rose $2.05, or about 9.05%, to $24.70 on approximately twice its average daily trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 17% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other online brokers include Charles Schwab (SCHW) down 1.12%, TD Ameritrade (AMTD), down 0.4%, and Interactive Brokers (IBKR), up 1.34%.
10:02 EDTETFCOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:21 EDTETFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Infinera (INFN), up 13.2%... E-Trade (ETFC), up 5.6%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... ResMed (RMD), up 3.2%. ALSO HIGHER: IVUS (VVUS), up 6.2% after being initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Vitae Pharmaceuticals (VTAE), up 12.3% after 3M share Secondary priced at $11.90... lululemon (LULU), up 3.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly Clark (KMB), down 4.6%... Bank of New York Mellon (BK), down 2.1%... Altera (ALTR), down 4.4%... Kansas City Southern (KSU), down 3.3%... McDonald's (MCD), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: LeapFrog (LF), down 32.8% after reporting preliminary third quarter results and withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance... Molycorp (MCP), down 10.7% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Dreamworks (DWA), down 12% after announcing that it will cut 500 jobs, reduce films released per year, and seeing a $55M charge for 'The Penguins of Madagascar' and 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman'... Otonomy (OTIC), down 1.8% after secondary increased to 2.55M shares, priced at $29.25.
08:50 EDTETFCE-Trade achieved 'crucial milestone,' says JMP Securities
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08:21 EDTETFCE-Trade upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded E-Trade to Outperform from Neutral. The firm believes E-Trade is on the path to unlock substantial value following regulatory approval to release excess capital from its bank subsidiary and separate the broker deal unit from the bank. The firm views the news as a turning point for value creation and raised its price target to $28 from $24.
06:32 EDTETFCE-Trade upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 22, 2015
18:28 EDTETFCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:14 EDTETFCE-Trade received approval to realign organizational structure
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16:12 EDTETFCE-Trade reports Q4 EPS ex-items 26c, consensus 23c
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15:32 EDTETFCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
January 21, 2015
07:33 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q1 investment product fee revenues $83M
The company’s results for Q1 include net new client assets of $18.8B, an annualized growth rate of 11%, up 30% year-over-year.
07:32 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q1 EPS 39c, consensus 40c
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTAMTDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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January 16, 2015
08:48 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab says EPS includes 1c gain
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08:47 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab reports Q4 EPS 25c, consensus 24c
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06:51 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:45 EDTETFCE-Trade volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
E-Trade January weekly call option implied volatility is at 52, February is at 46, April is at 37, July is at 35; compared to its 26-week average of 34 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 22.
06:37 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade February volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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January 15, 2015
15:58 EDTSCHWNYSE cancels some Charles Schwab trades
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15:49 EDTSCHWNYSE reviewing certain trades in Charles Schwab stock
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