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Morgan Stanley downgrades TD Ameritrade to Equal Weight, prefers Charles Schwab.

As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Michael Cyprys downgraded TD Ameritrade (AMTD) to Equal Weight from Overweight ahead of Q2 reports from the North American brokers, stating that he sees a more challenging path to revenue growth given the less favorable interest rate and client cash environment. He lowered his EPS estimates across the discount broker stocks he covers by 4% on average for 2019 and by an average of 6% for 2020, noting that he cut his estimates the most for TD Ameritrade in 2020, lowering them by 11% due to lower yields and client cash balances. While 2019 is "shaping up to be a tough year for eBrokers' stocks," Cyprys said he sees Charles Schwab (SCHW) as best positioned for an upside surprise given what he views as "overly bearish" investor sentiment. He cut his price target on TD Ameritrade shares to $53 from $61, lowered his target on Charles Schwab shares to $46 from $53, and dropped his target on E-Trade (ETFC) shares to $55 from $61.

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Date:Jul 11, 2019
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