The discount brokers are showing strength in the broader market with E-Trade Financial (ETFC) and Interactive Brokers (IBKR) hitting new highs in May. Schwab (SCHW) is breaking out of a small triangle, while TD Ameritrade is bouncing within a bigger triangle. A picture is worth a thousand words and the chart below shows all four with some annotations.
E-Trade and Interactive Brokers are the strongest because they have the freshest new highs. Schwab is close behind as it nears its March high. TD Ameritrade is the laggard, but the chart looks strong because a triangle is a continuation pattern and the bigger trend is up.
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Senior Technical Analyst, StockCharts.com