Shares of discount brokers are gaining the most since 2003 compared with the Standard & Poor�� 500 Index, a sign that small investors are joining the four-year bull market even after U.S. stocks suffered their biggest losses in six months.
Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW), TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (AMTD) and E*Trade Financial Corp. (ETFC) have climbed 38 percent on average in 2013, beating the S&P 500 by 23 percentage points and eclipsing returns in financial shares from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to Bank of America Corp. (BAC), according to data compiled by Bloomberg. The last times that happened, equity mutual funds received about $91 billion, 24 percent more than the annual average in the two decades before the financial crisis, the data show.
Bulls say a rally in brokers that serve private investors means individuals are preparing to embrace shares after they pulled almost $400 billion from stock funds in the last four years. Bears say buying by individuals who missed the rally shows gains are close to peaking as another pool of untapped demand gets absorbed.
Hot Gold Companies To Own For 2014: Latchways(LTC.L)
Latchways plc engages in the production, distribution, and installation of industrial safety products and related services primarily in Europe and North America. It operates in two segments, Safety Products and Safety Services. The Safety Products segment designs and manufactures fall protection equipment for people working at height. It offers systems for those working at height, including on rooftops, crane rails; and systems for those climbing to or from height, such as ladders, telecom masts, and electricity transmission towers, as well as provides personal protective equipment, guardrails, and walkways. This segment sells its products directly, as well as through independent installers. The Safety Services segment installs and services safety products under the ManSafe name. The company?s products are used in bridges, commercial, electricity pylons, heritage, industrial, towers, office blocks, manufacturing plants, entertainment arenas, public buildings, offshore pla tforms, aerospace, power transmission, utilities, and telecommunications applications. Latchways plc was founded in 1974 and is headquartered in Devizes, the United Kingdom.
Hot Gold Companies To Own For 2014: Avi-tech Electronics Limited (CT1.SI)
Avi-Tech Electronics Limited provides burn-in and related services to the semi conductor industry. It also offers burn-in boards and boards related products, and engineering services; and engages in equipment distribution. The company�s Burn-In Services segment consists of burn-in service and tape and reel service. Burn-in service is a process wherein the individual integrated circuit (IC) chip is stressed at high temperature to weed out any defects caused during the assembly process; and tape and reel services are provided for customers who need the finished products to be delivered in reel form. Its Burn-in Boards and Boards Manufacturing segment involves in the design and assembly of printed circuit boards used for burn-in and reliability testing of IC chips. Avi-Tech�s Engineering segment undertakes system integration projects and engages in equipment manufacturing business, as well as provides technical services. This segment also distributes third party products. T he company operates in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, the United States, Germany, Thailand, Taiwan, and China. Avi-Tech Electronics Limited was incorporated in 1981 and is headquartered in Singapore.
Best China Stocks To Invest In 2014: Empire Resorts Inc.(NYNY)
Empire Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates in the hospitality and gaming industries in New York. The company owns and operates Monticello Casino and Raceway, a video gaming machine and harness horseracing facility that conducts pari-mutuel wagering through the running of live harness horse races, the import simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred horse races, and the export simulcasting of its races to offsite pari-mutuel wagering facilities. It operates approximately 1,090 video gaming machines and 20 electronic table games at Monticello Casino and Raceway. The company was founded in 1993 and is based in Monticello, New York.