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Fly News Breaks for January 8, 2018
AMTD, SF, MKTX, SCHW, LAZ, IBKR, ETFC
Jan 8, 2018 | 06:34 EDT
Goldman Sachs analyst Conor Fitzgerald remains bullish on the Brokers and financial service companies heading into 2018. The analyst thinks large-cap mergers and acquisitions could accelerate and financial deals could return. To reflect these trends, Fitzgerald upgraded both Lazard (LAZ) and Stifel Financial (SF) to Buy from Neutral. The analyst prefers E-Trade (ETFC) and Charles Schwab (SCHW) over TD Ameritrade (AMTD) on the belief that commission price cuts are more likely than not in 2018. Further, Fitzgerald views Interactive Brokers' valuation as full and downgraded the shares to Sell from Neutral. Lastly, he sees a more balanced risk/reward for MarketAxess (MKTX) in this low volatility environment and downgraded the shares to Neutral from Buy.
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