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News Summary: TD Ameritrade 4Q profit up 40 pct

The Associated Press

STOCK SUCCESS: TD Ameritrade says its fiscal fourth-quarter net income soared 40 percent to $200 million as online brokerage handled more trades in the months leading up to the U.S. budget standoff.

DIVIDEND DELIGHT: TD Ameritrade boosted its quarterly dividend to 12 cents per share and announced a special dividend of 50 cents per share that will be paid in December.

INTEREST INSIGHT: Company officials predict interest rates should continue to creep higher next year, and that will help Ameritrade's earnings because it charges clients asset-based fees.