Shares of TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (AMTD - Free Report) attained a new 52-week high, touching $24.43 on Jun 19. The closing price of this online brokerage firm reflects a solid year-to-date return of 39.6%. The trading volume for the session was 8.7 million shares, compared with a 3-month average of 3.8 million.
Despite the strong price appreciation, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has plenty of upside left, given its positive estimate revisions over the last 30 days as well as expected year-over-year earnings growth of 5.4% for 2013.
Higher Daily Average Trades, boosted by a rise in trading volumes in the equity markets, and impressive fiscal second-quarter 2013 results – including lower expenses, a healthy balance sheet and solid capital position – have been the primary growth drivers for TD Ameritrade.
On Jun 9, the company reported a 9% rise in client trades in its Activity Report for the month of May 2013. Moreover, on a year-over-year basis, the U.S. trades were up 13%. Daily Average Trades were 417,000, compared with 383,000 in the prior month.
Moreover, on Apr 18, TD Ameritrade’s fiscal second-quarter 2013 earnings came in at 26 cents per share, up from the year-ago quarter number of 25 cents. However, this was in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Results for the quarter reflected a rise in revenues and a fall in operating expenses. Further, an increase in total client assets was a positive.
Additionally, TD Ameritrade has delivered positive earnings surprises in 3 of the last 4 quarters with an average beat of 8.1%.
Positive Estimate Revisions
For TD Ameritrade, over the last 30 days, 3 of the 13 estimates for 2013 have been revised upward, raising the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1% to $1.12 per share. For 2014, 2 of the 13 estimates moved upward over the same time period.
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