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Bull of the Day: Schwab (SCHW)

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last several months, you know that this market has been rocking and rolling. It’s been a rising tide that has helped to raise all ships. Across the board stocks are on the move and valuations are stretching. That’s great for your average equity, but even better when you’re talking about a company that makes its money directly from commissions and investment fees.

Today’s Bull of the Day is in the online retail investment business. I’m talking about Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) Charles Schwab (SCHW - Free Report) . The Charles Schwab Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides wealth management, securities brokerage, banking, asset management, custody, and financial advisory services. The company operates through two segments, Investor Services and Advisor Services.

In an industry that ranks in the Top 12% of our Zacks Industry Rank, Schwab is a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) because of a string of positive earnings revisions from analysts. Over the last thirty days, eight analysts have increased their estimates for the current year while nine have done so for the next year. This bullish behavior has pushed up our Zacks Consensus Estimate from $1.95 to $2.39 for the current year, while next year’s estimates have skyrocketed from $2.26 to $2.80.

Obviously, this has helped out the stock price quite a bit. The stock has been locked in an uptrend since bottoming out last September near $38. An oversold commodity channel index reversed and crossed over the zero-line giving a “Buy” signal as the stock jumped its 50-day moving average. A little reversion to the mean brought shares back within earshot of the average in mid-November. A breakout of the $46 level led to new highs. Recently the stock hit over $56 as an overbought CCI needed some cooling off. Since then the stock has come back to $54 as the CCI is hitting that zero line. I’m looking for a bounce here and another run at the 52-week highs.

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