Shares of Charles Schwab SCHW gained 1.6% following the release of its monthly activity report for April 2019. Total client assets came in at $3.7 trillion, up 11% from the year-ago month and 2% from the prior month.
Client assets receiving ongoing advisory services were $1.913.7 trillion, up 11% year over year and 2% sequentially. Schwab’s average interest earning assets were $270.3 billion at the end of April, improving 13% year over year but declining 1% from March 2019.
New brokerage accounts opened by the company in April 2019 were up 4% year over year and 5% sequentially to 147,000.
Schwab’s active brokerage accounts totaled 11.9 million at the end of April, up 7% from the year-ago month and 1% from March 2019. Further, client’s banking accounts were 1.3 million, rising 7% from April 2018 and 1% sequentially. The number of retirement plan participants rose 6% year over year and were stable on a sequential basis at 1.7 million.
Shares of Schwab have rallied 6.7% so far this year, underperforming 8% rise for the industry.
Schwab currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Performance of Other Investment Brokers
E*TRADE Financial ETFC reported monthly market activity for April 2019. Daily Average Revenue Trades (DARTs) for the month were 272,858, down 5% from the previous month but up 13% year over year. Derivatives comprised 32% of DARTs in April.
Interactive Brokers Group, Inc. IBKR released its Electronic Brokerage segment’s performance metrics for April. The segment, which deals with the clearance and settlement of trades for individual and institutional clients globally, reported a year-over-year and sequential decrease in DARTs. Total client DARTs were 778,000, down 4% from April 2018 and 10% from March 2019.
LPL Financial Holdings LPLA is likely to report monthly activity for April soon.
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