Shares of brokerage and investment firm Charles Schwab Corp. ($SCHW) were up over 7 percent in early trading after issuing a before-the-bell third quarter earnings report that showed the company beat both revenue and profit estimates for the quarter.
The San Francisco-based discount brokerage house saw revenues rise nearly 15 percent from the same quarter last year. Sterne Agee analysts Jason Weyeneth and Alex Levine attributed the revenue increase to reigned-in spending and stronger than anticipated interest income.
Weyenth and Levine did caution, however, that the market might be acting a little too exuberantly concerning the beat, and expressed concern over Charles Schwab’s “stretched valuation.” Following the earnings report, shares of the company rose to their highest level since before the Great Recession.
CFO Joe Martinetto said the company is keeping outlook for the rest of the year unchanged, “assuming an ongoing economic recovery.” Marnietto continued: “We expect our 2013 revenue growth will outpace expenses by approximately 100 to 200 basis points, helping us to achieve a pre-tax profit margin of at least 30% and earnings per share in the mid-$.70s for the year.”
For the third fiscal quarter, Charles Schwab reported net income of $282 million, or $0.22 per share, versus the $238 million, or $0.19 per share, from the same period a year ago. Revenue for the quarter was $1.37 billion, as compared to $1.34 million from the previous year. Analysts were expecting a profit of $0.10 per share on revenues of $1.34 billion.
After spiking in early trading, shares of Charles Schwab corrected slightly, and were trading at $23.26 a share midday, for a gain of 5.68 percent. Charles Schwab is up 45.95 percent on the year.
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