Top Financial Shares:
Financial shares mixed in today's pre-market session with stocks
little changed after new housing data. New home construction rose
0.9% in August to an annual rate of 891,000 for single family home
starts. That's less than the roughly 921,000 housing starts
economists had forecast.
In financial stocks news this morning, E*Trade (
) reported today that Daily Average Revenue Trades for August were
147,517, a 5% increase from July and a 21% increase from the
year-ago period. ETFC is steady in pre-market trade at $17.48.
The company said it added 30,132 gross new brokerage accounts in
August, ending the month with approximately 3.0 million brokerage
accounts - an increase of 9,466 from July.
And, Westfield Financial, Inc. (
) said late Tuesday that its board of directors has authorized a
stock repurchase program under which the company may repurchase up
to 1.037 million shares, or 5% of its outstanding common stock.
The company completed its previous stock repurchase program of
1.092 million shares of its common stock on June 11, 2013. Shares
of WFD are steady at $6.99 in pre-market trade.
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