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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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February 12, 2016
08:06 EDTETFCE-Trade reports January DARTs up 19% from December to 175,346
E*TRADE Financial released its Monthly Activity Report for January 2016. Daily Average Revenue Trades, or DARTs, for January were 175,346, a 19% increase from December and a 1% increase from the year-ago period. The company added 29,666 gross new brokerage accounts in January and ended the month with approximately 3.2 million brokerage accounts - an increase of 4,815 from December. Net new brokerage assets were $1B in the month. During the month, customer security holdings decreased by $13.4B, and brokerage-related cash decreased by $0.7B to $41B. Bank-related cash and deposits decreased $0.2B, ending the month at $5.3B. Customers were net buyers of approximately $1.2B in securities during the month.
February 11, 2016
07:20 EDTAMTDKeefe Bruyette to hold a conference
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February 10, 2016
10:02 EDTAMTDHigh option volume stocks
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February 9, 2016
15:11 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade repeats FY16 EPS view $1.45-$1.75, consensus $1.62
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08:33 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports January client trades per day up 15% vs. last year
TD Ameritrade Holding announced company metrics for January 2016. Monthly activities for January 2016 included: A record average of 565,000 client trades per day in January 2016, up 15 percent from January 2015 and up 29 percent from December 2015. $669.1 billion in total client assets as of Jan. 31, 2016, essentially flat from January 2015 and down 4 percent from December 2015. Average spread-based balances of $105.2 billion, up 12 percent from January 2015 and up 2 percent from December 2015. Average fee-based balances of $152.2 billion, essentially flat from January 2015 and down 4 percent from December 2015.
February 8, 2016
07:23 EDTETFCCredit Suisse to hold a forum
17th Annual Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum is being held in New York where on February 8, some of the companies will be hosting dinners, followed by company presentations on February 9-10.
February 4, 2016
08:33 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade to acquire assets of FA Insight
TD Ameritrade has agreed to acquire the research, benchmarking and consulting capabilities of FA Insight. The transaction is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.

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