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April 4, 2014
10:39 EDTAMTD, ETFCE-Trade, TD Ameritrade continue sell-off amid concerns
Shares of brokerage firms E-Trade (ETFC) and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) are dropping significantly for a second straight day amid concerns that regulators will look to eliminate one of the companies' more profitable businesses. But two research firms defended the stocks in notes to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: According to Reuters, the decline in the brokerage firms was triggered by concerns that regulators will end a highly profitable business they conduct known as "payment-for-order-flow." The term refers to payments that E-Trade and TD Ameritrade receive from professional trading firms, in exchange for hundreds of thousands of orders that the brokerages send to the trading firms. A controversial and widely discussed new book mentions payment for order flows, which is also known as PFO. Meanwhile, an SEC commissioner on Wednesday said the agency should consider temporarily banning a similar type of payment, the news service reported. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors before the market opened today, Wells Fargo wrote that the weakness in the stocks is being caused by concerns over payment for order flows. The payments could account for 15% of TD Ameritrade's profits and 21% of E-Trade profits, Wells stated. Nevertheless, the firm thinks the decline in the stocks seem excessive. Before banning the payments, regulators will need to study data and determine that retail investors are being significantly harmed by the practice, the firm contended. It kept an Outperform rating on TD Ameritrade and a Market Perform rating on E-Trade. Also taking an upbeat view of the stocks was research firm Sterne Agee. Both stocks already reflect a "fairly high likelihood" that PFO will be banned, but such a ban is far from certain, the firm contended in a note to investors before the market opened. Meanwhile, both companies' earnings would be boosted if interest rates rise, the firm contended. Sterne Agee keeps a Buy rating on E-Trade and a Neutral rating on TD Ameritrade. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, E-Trade fell 3% to $21.50, while TD Ameritrade dropped 2.3% to $31.30.
News For ETFC;AMTD From The Last 14 Days
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March 27, 2015
10:03 EDTETFC, AMTDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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March 26, 2015
16:56 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Target $43.
16:55 EDTETFCE-Trade initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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05:45 EDTAMTD, ETFCCharles Schwab upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays
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March 20, 2015
10:00 EDTAMTDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actuant (ATU) downgraded at Stifel... American Capital Mortgage (MTGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Campus Crest (CCG) downgraded at RBC Capital... Care.com (CRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Electrolux AB (ELUXY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Extreme Networks (EXTR) downgraded at Raymond James... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tableau (DATA) downgraded at Mizuho... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Tesoro (TSO) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Ultra Clean (UCTT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vince Holding (VNCE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
05:31 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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March 18, 2015
07:18 EDTETFC, AMTDWells Fargo to hold a forum
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March 13, 2015
08:08 EDTETFCE-Trade reports February daily average revenue trades 179,420
DARTs are down 11% y/y and up 4% from January. Added 37,224 gross new brokerage accounts in February, ending the month with approximately 3.2M brokerage accounts -- an increase of 20,715 from January. Net new brokerage assets were $1.7M in the month. During the month, customer security holdings increased by 6%, or $12.2B, and brokerage-related cash increased by $2.1B to $42.1B. Bank-related cash and deposits increased by $100M, ending the month at $5.8M. Customers were net sellers of approximately $800M in securities during the month.

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