Critical Contrast: TD Ameritrade (AMTD) and Its Rivals

TD Ameritrade (NASDAQ: AMTD) is one of 31 public companies in the “Security brokers & dealers” industry, but how does it contrast to its competitors? We will compare TD Ameritrade to related companies based on the strength of its risk, valuation, analyst recommendations, profitability, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.

Analyst Ratings

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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for TD Ameritrade and its competitors, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
TD Ameritrade 1 4 11 0 2.63
TD Ameritrade Competitors 322 1376 1441 67 2.39

TD Ameritrade presently has a consensus price target of $61.81, indicating a potential upside of 1.33%. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies have a potential downside of 0.07%. Given TD Ameritrade’s stronger consensus rating and higher probable upside, equities analysts plainly believe TD Ameritrade is more favorable than its competitors.

Risk and Volatility

TD Ameritrade has a beta of 1.35, meaning that its stock price is 35% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, TD Ameritrade’s competitors have a beta of 8.84, meaning that their average stock price is 784% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

92.0% of TD Ameritrade shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 66.3% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.4% of TD Ameritrade shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 21.4% of shares of all “Security brokers & dealers” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares TD Ameritrade and its competitors gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
TD Ameritrade $3.68 billion $872.00 million 33.15
TD Ameritrade Competitors $5.87 billion $745.79 million 24.19

TD Ameritrade’s competitors have higher revenue, but lower earnings than TD Ameritrade. TD Ameritrade is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its competitors, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


This table compares TD Ameritrade and its competitors’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
TD Ameritrade 23.39% 18.27% 3.39%
TD Ameritrade Competitors 5.53% 3.64% 5.12%


TD Ameritrade pays an annual dividend of $0.84 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. TD Ameritrade pays out 45.7% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Security brokers & dealers” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.6% and pay out 35.0% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. TD Ameritrade lags its competitors as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.


TD Ameritrade beats its competitors on 8 of the 15 factors compared.

About TD Ameritrade

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage and related technology-based financial services to retail investors, traders, and independent registered investment advisors (RIAs) in the United States. Its products and services include, a Web platform for self-directed retail investors; Trade Architect, a Web-based platform for investors and traders to identify opportunities and stay informed; thinkorswim, a desktop platform for traders; and TD Ameritrade Mobile, which allows on-the-go investors and traders to trade and monitor accounts. The company also offers TD Ameritrade Institutional that provides brokerage and custody services to approximately 6,000 independent RIAs and their clients; TD Ameritrade Education, which allows investor education for stocks, options, income investing, and portfolio management; TD Ameritrade's Goal Planning that offers investment consulting and planning services; Selective Portfolios, an advisory service, which develops portfolios of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds; AdvisorDirect, a national referral service for investors; TD Ameritrade Singapore Pte. Ltd. that enables retail investors in Singapore to trade the U.S. markets; and TD Ameritrade Corporate Services, which provide self-directed brokerage services to employees of corporations. In addition, it offers various retail brokerage products and services, such as common and preferred stocks; ETFs; options; futures; foreign exchange; mutual funds; fixed income products; primary and secondary offerings of fixed income securities, closed-end funds, and preferred stocks; margin lending; cash management services; and annuities. The company provides its services primarily through the Internet, a network of retail branches, mobile trading applications, interactive voice response, and registered representatives through telephone. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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