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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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May 19, 2015
07:13 EDTAMTDBarclays to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
13:37 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade shares look vulnerable in the near-term, Barron's says
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May 14, 2015
08:06 EDTETFCE-Trade reports April DARTs 157,442, down 1% from March
E*TRADE Financial Corporation released its Monthly Activity Report for April 2015. Daily Average Revenue Trades for April were 157,442, a one percent decrease from March and an eight percent decrease from the year-ago period. The Company added 37,077 gross new brokerage accounts in April, ending the month with approximately 3.2 million brokerage accounts an increase of 8,315 from March. Net new brokerage assets were negative $0.4B in the month. During the month, customer security holdings increased by one percent, or $3.1B, and brokerage-related cash decreased by $0.3B to $41.3B. Bank-related cash and deposits decreased by $0.3B, ending the month at $5.5B. Customers were net sellers of approximately $0.5B in securities during the month.
May 13, 2015
07:29 EDTAMTDUBS to hold a conference
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May 11, 2015
08:31 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports April client trades per day averaged 457,000
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06:29 EDTETFCE-Trade management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on May 11 hosted by Jefferies.

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