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April 4, 2014
10:39 EDTETFC, AMTDE-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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July 23, 2014
16:23 EDTETFCE-Trade reports Q2 EPS 24c, consensus 23c
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15:30 EDTETFCNotable companies reporting after market close
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July 22, 2014
07:32 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q3 EPS 34c, consensus 34c
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July 21, 2014
15:30 EDTAMTDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTAMTD, ETFCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ardelyx (ARDX) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Century Communities (CCS) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Charles Schwab (SCHW) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... E-Trade (ETFC) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Foresight Energy (FELP) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Global Logistics Properties (GBTZF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Jumei (JMEI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... MTS Systems (MTSC) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Markit (MRKT) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Opus Bank (OPB) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Parnell (PARN) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Teradata (TDC) initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research... Veritiv (VRTV) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) initiated with an Underweight at Evercore... ZS Pharma (ZSPH) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
05:52 EDTETFCE-Trade initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $24.
05:50 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Target $34.
July 10, 2014
09:21 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade recommended at Bernstein
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July 9, 2014
08:21 EDTETFC, AMTDFINRA probing retail brokerage routing practices, WSJ says
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