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TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index: IMX Remains Flat Despite Strong Market Performance in July


Retail investor optimism spurred by positive earnings reported during
the period

The July Investor Movement Index® was unchanged from the
prior month, remaining at 5.45, TD Ameritrade, Inc.1
announced today. The Investor
Movement Index
, or the IMXSM, is a proprietary,
behavior-based index created by TD Ameritrade that aggregates Main
Street investor positions and activity to measure what investors
actually were doing and how they were positioned in the markets.

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TD Ameritrade July 2018 Investor Movement Index (Graphic: TD Ameritrade)

TD Ameritrade July 2018 Investor Movement Index (Graphic: TD Ameritrade)

July IMX

The July 2018 Investor Movement Index for the four weeks ended July 27,
2018 reveals:

  • Reading: 5.45 (compared to 5.45 in June)
  • Trend direction: positive
  • Trend length: 3 months
  • Score relative to historic ranges: Moderately Low

With earnings as a key focus during the period, TD Ameritrade clients
maintained their overall exposure to equity markets. Despite continued
net buying activity, TD Ameritrade client accounts were offset by lower
relative volatility in some widely held names, including Apple Inc.
(AAPL), Inc. (AMZN) and General Electric Company (GE),
resulting in an unchanged IMX score.

"The start of earnings season had a definite effect on the stocks that
our clients chose to buy and sell during the July period," said JJ
Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade. "It appears investors
followed the traditional method of buying-low and selling-high, while
staying invested in stocks that have better long term possibilities."

TD Ameritrade clients were net buyers of popular stocks in the July IMX
period. Top buys include:

  • Inc. (NFLX), after closing at an all-time high early in
    the period, ending down nearly 10 percent from June.
  • (AMZN) and Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), after reaching all-time
    highs and beating on expected earnings.
  • AT&T Inc. (T), after posting positive earnings for a second quarter,
    with additional revenue from its acquisition of Time Warner.
  • Ford Motor Company (F), which missed earnings after rising commodity
    prices negatively impacted its quarterly results.

Despite being net buyers for another month, TD Ameritrade clients sold
equities, including:

  • Walmart Inc. (WMT), after reaching a 3 month high during the period.
  • Walt Disney Company (DIS), which reached a 52 week high after
    shareholders approved the acquisition of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.
  • Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD), which reached a 4 month high after
    beating earnings and revenue estimates.
  • Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY), which traded higher after beating earnings
    and receiving an analyst upgrade.
  • Under Armour Inc. (UA), after posting a larger than expected net loss
    due to restructuring charges.

Major market indices moved higher in July, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones
Industrial Average, and NASDAQ Composite all ending the period with
healthy gains. More than 50 percent of S&P 500 companies reported
earnings in July, and of those, 80 percent delivered positive earnings
news. CEOs from nearly half of the companies that reported earnings
mentioned U.S. tariffs on their earnings calls, which was prompted by
the administration's decision to impose additional tariffs on Chinese
goods. As July came to a close, geopolitical risk continued to be
top-of-mind for investors along with seasonal risk as the markets headed
into what is historically known as the worst time for stocks.

About the IMX

The IMX value is calculated based on a complex proprietary formula. Each
month, TD Ameritrade pulls a sample from its client base of more than 11
million funded accounts, which includes all accounts that completed a
trade in the past month. The holdings and positions of this
statistically significant sample are evaluated to calculate individual
scores, and the median of those scores represents the monthly IMX.

For more information on the Investor Movement Index, including
historical IMX data going back to January 2010; to view the full report
from July 2018; or to sign up for future IMX news alerts, please visit
Additionally, TD Ameritrade clients can chart the IMX using the symbol
$IMX in either the thinkorswim® or TD Ameritrade Mobile
Trader platforms.

Inclusion of specific security names in this commentary does not
constitute a recommendation from TD Ameritrade to buy, sell, or hold.

Past performance of a security, strategy, or index is no guarantee of
future results or investment success.

Historical data should not be used alone when making investment
. Please consult other sources of information and
consider your individual financial position and goals before making an
independent investment decision.

The IMX is not a tradable index. The IMX should not be used as
an indicator or predictor of future client trading volume or financial
performance for TD Ameritrade.

For the latest TD Ameritrade news and information, follow the company on
Twitter, @TDAmeritradePR.

Source: TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

About TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation

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and education
to more than 11 million client accounts totaling more than $1.2 trillion
in assets, and custodial
to more than 6,000 registered investment advisors. We are a
leader in U.S. retail trading, executing an average of more than 780,000
trades per day for our clients, more than a quarter of which come from
mobile devices. We have a proud history
of innovation
, dating back to our start in 1975, and today our team
of nearly 10,000-strong is committed to carrying it forward. Together,
we are leveraging the latest in cutting edge technologies and one-on-one
client care to transform lives, and investing, for the better. Learn
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