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Is E*TRADE Financial (ETFC) Stock a Solid Choice Right Now? - Tale of the Tape

By: Zacks.com
Posted: 2/20/2014 8:57:00 AM
Referenced Stocks: ETFC

One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is E*TRADE Financial Corporation ( ETFC ). This is because this security in the Investment Brokerage space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Investment Brokerage space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 68 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, E*TRADE Financial is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm's prospects in both the short and long term.

Over the past month, current quarter estimates have risen from 19 cents per share to 22 cents per share, while current year estimates have risen from 87 cents per share to 90 cents per share. The company currently holds a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), which is also a favorable signal.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider E*TRADE Financial. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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