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TD Ameritrade

Brokerage firm TD Ameritrade (AMTD) gets a strong overall ranking of 93 from InvestorsObserver’s Stock Score Report. The stock has been a top performer over the last year, and not only avoided the recent market sell off, but shares are currently trading just pennies below their all-time high. Higher interest rates have spooked the market, but for brokerage firms like TD Ameritrade, higher rates are a good thing. The company invests client deposits in short-term fixed income assets until needed for trading, so higher interest rates lead to higher interest income and strong profits for the company. The company has grown earnings by 9.4% per annum over the last five years, but analysts predict average annual earnings growth of 28.0 over the next five years. AMTD is trading at $58.65, versus an average price target of $66.00.

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Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes

Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va.

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