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More top-performing CAPS members are feeling bullish on E*Trade Financial (NASDAQ:ETFC) these days, enough to upgrade it from its three-star rank to a more formidable four stars. A large base of 2,413 members have given their opinion on E*Trade, with many of them offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

While they don’t face the same magnitude of capital problems as big Wall Street brokers like Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) or Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), discount online brokers like E*Trade, Charles Schwab (NASDAQ:SCHW), and TDAmeritrade (NASDAQ:AMTD) have nonetheless taken hits lately, as market turmoil has some retail traders taking a step back. Not that the panic isn't encouraging itchy trigger fingers -- exchanges like NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) and Nasdaq OMX (NASDAQ:NDAQ) have been seeing record volumes lately as investors pounce on beaten-down stocks.

New management has been working to get back to basics and recover from bad mortgage investments made in recent years. To this end, E*Trade has been selling assets to shore up its balance sheet, including selling $145 million in assets to HSBC and unloading its Canadian unit for $515 million to Bank of Nova Scotia. By selling assets, the company can keep a focus on the trading platform it does best -- an approach many CAPS members like to see, and that they believe will make the company emerge stronger than before. As such, more than 92% of CAPS members rating E*Trade expect it to outperform the market.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock recently upgraded his closet with an air freshener. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here. Nasdaq OMX Group is an Inside Value selection. Charles Schwab is a Stock Advisor recommendation. Bank of Nova Scotia is an Income Investor choice. The Fool's disclosure policy had a promising ice-skating career that was dashed by an injury it suffered playing street ball.