NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire -04/05/12)- The bull markets recently has had a positive effect for the Investment Brokerage Industry. With an improving economy more "disbelievers" are being converted, and we are starting to see an increase activity for brokerages. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Investment Brokerage Industry and provides equity research on The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW - News) and E*TRADE Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: ETFC - News).
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"Over the past three months the pessimistic mood has changed to optimism," says Wall Street strategist Byron Wien, formerly chief investment strategist at Morgan Stanley. "Ordinarily, optimistic sentiment readings presage a market correction, but there are so many investors looking for an opportunity to increase their exposure that even a minor downdraft gets cut short by a flood of buyers. This could continue for a while."
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The Charles Schwab Corporation released its Monthly Market Activity Report. Net new assets brought to the company by new and existing clients in February 2012 totaled $21.3 billion, including a $12.0 billion inflow related to a mutual fund clearing services client.
E*TRADE Financial Corp. released its Monthly Activity Report for February 2012. Daily Average Revenue Trades ("DARTs") for February were 168,973, a 16 percent increase from January and a nine percent decrease from the year-ago period. The company added 39,023 gross new brokerage accounts in February, ending the month with approximately 2.8 million brokerage accounts - an increase of 18,120 from January.
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