Research on TD Ameritrade and BGC Partners: Stock Market Boom Pushes Investment Services Stocks Up

     Research on TD Ameritrade and BGC Partners: Stock Market Boom Pushes
                        Investment Services Stocks Up

PR Newswire

LONDON, February 26, 2013

LONDON, February 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

With the stock markets touching a new high, brokerage companies are all set to
benefit from increased interest in equity trading. However, the sector is
still struggling to get past the previous meltdown and its profitability is
still under pressure. The point is amply demonstrated by the results announced
by leading broking firm TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NYSE: AMTD) which
reported lower profits on a YoY basis. BGC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), on
the other hand, reported higher revenue. The company also made acquisitions to
boost its real estate portfolio. StockCall has posted free technical research
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BGC Partners Inc. Reports Higher Revenue

BGC Partners Inc.'s stock is on the roll. The company announced its
acquisition of Sterling International Brokers Limited. The acquisition will
provide BGC Partners with an opportunity to tap in to the acquired company's
client-base and utilize its product portfolio. The company also reported its
fourth quarter results. Its revenue for the quarter stood at $436.3 million,
up 19 percent whereas its GAAP income jumped 262 percent to $27.4 million. BGC
Partners also reported higher volumes due to the rebound in the financial
services industry. BGC Partners Inc. technical report can be accessed for free
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The stock grew 23 percent so far this year, after performing badly in the
previous year. The stock also offers 11.29 percent dividend yield, despite
keeping the dividend payment flat this time. BGC Partners is on the road to
recovery, so its stock potentially has good upside left to it.

The company is undertaking a number of acquisitions as it recently announced
two commercial real estate purchases of The Smith Mack and Fredrick. The
company carried out these acquisitions through its subsidiary Newmark Grubb
Night Frank. The acquisitions will help the company in expanding its foothold
in the new markets. BGC Partners garnered considerable insider interest as its
Director Albert Weis bought $75k worth of shares. Insider purchasing is
generally a good sign for a stock.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation Attracts Hedge Fund Buying

TD Ameritrade Holding is one of the leading broking companies. The stock is up
16 percent so far this year and with the revived interest in equity trading,
the broking house is all set to reap the benefits. The company serves both
individual investors as well as registered investment advisors. The company
recently launched its no-fee platform and boosted its portfolio of services.
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TD Ameritrade also saw good hedge fund interest as SAC Capital Advisors added
to its position in the company during the previous quarter. The hedge fund
currently holds 3.7 million shares of the investment brokerage company.

The brokerage firm reported its first quarter results and its profit stood at
$147 million. On a per share basis, the company earned 27 cents per share,
surpassing the consensus estimate of 24 cents per share. Its total income for
the corresponding quarter of the last year stood at $152 million. TD
Ameritrade also rewarded its investors by declaring 50 cents per share in
special dividend. The company is looking to curtail its costs in order to
improve its profitability and the effect is likely to be visible on its
stock's future performance.

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