4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: TD AMERITRADE

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, discount brokerage TD AMERITRADE (NAS: AMTD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at TD AMERITRADE's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

TD AMERITRADE facts

Headquarters (founded)Omaha, Neb. (1971)
Market Cap$10.7 billion
IndustryInvestment banking and brokerage
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$2.7 billion
ManagementCEO Fredric Tomczyk (since 2008)
CFO William Gerber (since 2006)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)16.3%
Cash/Debt$7.5 billion / $1.3 billion
Dividend Yield1.3%
CompetitorsCharles Schwab
E*TRADE Financial
FMR

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 92% of the 640 members who have rated TD AMERITRADE believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, RScottK26, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

S&P just raised [TD AMERITRADE's] credit rating. ... A rising market will bring more retail trades for them. A recovering economy and job market, tempered with people being a little gun-shy, will mean more saving and investing. And they have a better [balance sheet] than their competition. I definitely don't love [TD AMERITRADE's] debt load, but at 1/8 their market cap it looks a lot better than [E*TRADE's] which is about 4 TIMES their mkt cap!

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of TD AMERITRADE and Charles Schwab. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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