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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.32
NYSE:AXP's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
77% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.12 vs. NYSE:AXP: 0.32 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.09   Max: 0.36
Current: 0.32

0.09
0.36
Equity to Asset 0.13
NYSE:AXP's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
51% of the 121 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.25 vs. NYSE:AXP: 0.13 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.07   Max: 0.13
Current: 0.13

0.07
0.13
Interest Coverage 4.03
NYSE:AXP's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
78% of the 108 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 3.32 vs. NYSE:AXP: 4.03 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 4.71
Current: 4.03

1.01
4.71
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 0.84
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 9/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 23.92
NYSE:AXP's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 25.26 vs. NYSE:AXP: 23.92 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 7.57   Max: 23.92
Current: 23.92

7.57
23.92
Net-margin (%) 16.25
NYSE:AXP's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
66% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 16.25 vs. NYSE:AXP: 16.25 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 6.22   Max: 16.65
Current: 16.25

6.22
16.65
ROE (%) 27.49
NYSE:AXP's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
95% of the 130 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 11.24 vs. NYSE:AXP: 27.49 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 10.89   Max: 36.38
Current: 27.49

10.89
36.38
ROA (%) 3.49
NYSE:AXP's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
78% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.80 vs. NYSE:AXP: 3.49 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.87   Max: 3.49
Current: 3.49

0.87
3.49
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 203.56
NYSE:AXP's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 125 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 26.04 vs. NYSE:AXP: 203.56 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 5.88   Max: 206.59
Current: 203.56

5.88
206.59
Revenue Growth (%) 9.50
NYSE:AXP's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 113 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.80 vs. NYSE:AXP: 9.50 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 12.5
Current: 9.5

0.1
12.5
EBITDA Growth (%) 12.40
NYSE:AXP's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 97 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 10.10 vs. NYSE:AXP: 12.40 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -10.4   Max: 25
Current: 12.4

-10.4
25
EPS Growth (%) 13.40
NYSE:AXP's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 93 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.30 vs. NYSE:AXP: 13.40 )
NYSE:AXP' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -19.2   Max: 36.2
Current: 13.4

-19.2
36.2
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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

AXP Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Steve Mandel 3,719,848 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 40,000 sh (New)
Ray Dalio 129,537 sh (New)
Mark Hillman 37,891 sh (+36.66%)
Bill Frels 94,974 sh (+4.19%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 10,024,245 sh (+0.61%)
Ruane Cunniff 1,361,063 sh (+0.59%)
Ken Fisher 10,867,290 sh (+0.56%)
Tom Russo 116,165 sh (+0.17%)
PRIMECAP Management 689,300 sh (+0.06%)
Warren Buffett 151,610,700 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 8,268 sh (unchged)
Arnold Van Den Berg Sold Out
Jim Simons Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc Sold Out
Tom Gayner 367,936 sh (-0.05%)
Tweedy Browne 293,591 sh (-0.9%)
Dodge & Cox 226,772 sh (-1.04%)
Jeremy Grantham 249,400 sh (-3.93%)
Mario Gabelli 3,529,513 sh (-3.95%)
Chris Davis 37,779,862 sh (-5.4%)
Brian Rogers 4,638,300 sh (-9.73%)
James Barrow 21,800,089 sh (-11.53%)
David Rolfe 1,286,983 sh (-14.17%)
Pioneer Investments 696,204 sh (-15.91%)
Robert Olstein 61,000 sh (-41.9%)
Steven Cohen 328 sh (-98.59%)
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Q3 2013

AXP Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Paul Tudor Jones 4,000 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 166,735 sh (+50733.8%)
Steve Mandel 6,244,519 sh (+67.87%)
Jeremy Grantham 349,500 sh (+40.14%)
Ray Dalio 163,037 sh (+25.86%)
Tom Russo 126,965 sh (+9.3%)
David Rolfe 1,388,732 sh (+7.91%)
Ruane Cunniff 1,407,450 sh (+3.41%)
PRIMECAP Management 699,500 sh (+1.48%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 10,168,125 sh (+1.44%)
Bill Frels 96,119 sh (+1.21%)
James Barrow 21,912,307 sh (+0.51%)
Ken Fisher 10,898,638 sh (+0.29%)
Warren Buffett 151,610,700 sh (unchged)
Steve Mandel 1,670,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 8,268 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Tweedy Browne 293,022 sh (-0.19%)
Dodge & Cox 225,530 sh (-0.55%)
Mario Gabelli 3,494,854 sh (-0.98%)
Pioneer Investments 687,522 sh (-1.25%)
Chris Davis 37,113,556 sh (-1.76%)
Robert Olstein 59,000 sh (-3.28%)
Mark Hillman 36,508 sh (-3.65%)
Tom Gayner 354,237 sh (-3.72%)
Brian Rogers 4,338,300 sh (-6.47%)
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Q4 2013

AXP Guru Trades in Q4 2013

John Hussman 50,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 8,406 sh (+110.15%)
Ray Dalio 200,437 sh (+22.94%)
David Rolfe 1,501,341 sh (+8.11%)
Pioneer Investments 734,194 sh (+6.79%)
PRIMECAP Management 732,200 sh (+4.67%)
Ken Fisher 10,912,619 sh (+0.13%)
Steve Mandel 1,670,000 sh (unchged)
Jeff Auxier 8,268 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 151,610,700 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 1,406,404 sh (-0.07%)
Tom Russo 126,595 sh (-0.29%)
Mark Hillman 36,344 sh (-0.45%)
Tom Gayner 352,500 sh (-0.49%)
Tweedy Browne 291,078 sh (-0.66%)
James Barrow 21,763,917 sh (-0.68%)
Dodge & Cox 223,686 sh (-0.82%)
Bill Frels 94,589 sh (-1.59%)
Mario Gabelli 3,406,882 sh (-2.52%)
Chris Davis 35,767,841 sh (-3.63%)
Jeremy Grantham 336,448 sh (-3.73%)
Brian Rogers 3,588,300 sh (-17.29%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 7,659,535 sh (-24.67%)
Steve Mandel 4,392,879 sh (-29.65%)
Robert Olstein 37,000 sh (-37.29%)
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Q1 2014

AXP Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ken Fisher 10,962,068 sh (+0.45%)
Brian Rogers 3,388,300 sh (-5.57%)
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Latest Guru Trades with NYSE:AXP

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Steve Mandel 2013-12-31 Reduce -29.65%0.62%$72.22 - $89.59 $ 87.136%4392879
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2013-12-31 Reduce -24.67%0.54%$72.22 - $89.59 $ 87.136%7659535
John Hussman 2013-12-31 New Buy0.32%$72.22 - $89.59 $ 87.136%50000
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Add 22.94%0.03%$72.22 - $89.59 $ 87.136%200437
Steve Mandel 2013-09-30 Add 67.87%0.85%$71.91 - $78.33 $ 87.1316%6244519
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Add 25.86%0.02%$71.91 - $78.33 $ 87.1316%163037
Steve Mandel 2013-06-30 New Buy1.4%$64.1 - $78.28 $ 87.1322%3719848
Arnold Van Den Berg 2013-06-30 Sold Out 1.29%$64.1 - $78.28 $ 87.1322%0
James Barrow 2013-06-30 Reduce -11.53%0.35%$64.1 - $78.28 $ 87.1322%21800089
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 New Buy0.09%$64.1 - $78.28 $ 87.1322%129537
George Soros 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.29%$57.48 - $67.46 $ 87.1340%0
Yacktman Focused Fund 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.21%$57.48 - $67.46 $ 87.1340%0
Yacktman Fund 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.19%$57.48 - $67.46 $ 87.1340%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.04%$57.48 - $67.46 $ 87.1340%0
Donald Yacktman 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.0019%$57.48 - $67.46 $ 87.1340%0
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Guru Investment Theses on American Express Co

Mario Gabelli Comments on American Express Co. - Jan 06, 2014

American Express Co. (1.5% of net assets as of September 30, 2013) (AXP - $75.52 - NYSE)(AXP) is the largest closed loop credit card company in the world. The company operates its eponymous premiere branded payment network and lends to its largely affluent customer base. American Express has 104 million cards in force and over $63 billion in loans, while its customers charged nearly $900 billion of spending on their cards in 2012. The company's strong consumer brand has allowed American Express to enter the deposit gathering market as an alternate source of funding, while the company's affluent customers have picked up spending. Longer term, American Express should capitalize on its higher spending customer base and continue to expand into other payment related businesses like corporate purchasing, while also growing in emerging markets. Similarly, the company is looking at the growing success of social media as an opportunity to expand its product base and payment options.

From Mario Gabelli (Trades, Portfolio)'s third quarter 2013 commentary.

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Chris Davis Comments on American Express - Oct 03, 2013

Our next largest investment is American Express (AXP). In terms of business, American Express has a unique business model that combines one of the strongest brands in financial services with ownership of the underlying payment network. The company’s strong brand, which stands for high-quality service, success and prestige, attracts affluent credit and charge cardholders who spent an average of $15,700 per primary card in 2012, or about four times the level of Visa and MasterCard credit cardholders. American Express reinforces this higher spending with best-in-class customer service and its leading cardholder rewards program, creating a virtuous circle of strong customer satisfaction, higher share of wallet per customer and lower customer turnover.

In reviewing the company’s competitive advantages, we should start with the obvious observation that using charge cards and credit cards is vastly superior to using cash and checks in terms of convenience, safety and record keeping and thus cards should continue to gain market share from cash and checks for years to come. As noted above, American Express is not the only option within the card industry. However, in comparison to Visa and MasterCard, the company has a number of key competitive advantages. Chief among these are the American Express brand and the higher spending patterns of its wealthy consumer, corporate and small business cardholders. Because American Express customers spend more, merchants are willing to pay the company a higher fee. Furthermore, because American Express is primarily a charge card, rather than a credit card, it is far less reliant on consumer lending for revenue and profits than typical card issuers. For example, the company generates almost four times as much revenue through transaction or interchange fees from merchants ($18 billion) as it does from lending to cardholders ($4.6 billion of net interest income before $2 billion in charge-offs). Cardholder rewards are a key enticement for customers, and with $6.3 billion allocated to rewards in 2012 American Express has the largest program in the industry.

In terms of growth, if the company maintains its appeal and usefulness for consumers over time, per-card spending and transaction fees should increase with disposable income as should market share gains from cash and checks. Because the Internet does not accept cash, the high growth of Internet commerce provides an additional tailwind. The total amount spent by American Express cardholders, or “billed business,” has increased from $124 billion in 1993 to $888 billion in 2012, an increase of seven times in 19 years, or almost 12% per year. International billed business has almost doubled since 2006 and now accounts for $313 billion or 35% of the total, up from 30% then.

Finally, because its payment network is wholly owned, American Express largely avoids sharing its transaction fees with others. This closed loop allows the company to generate significantly greater revenue per transaction dollar than the networks of its competitors Visa and MasterCard, whose interchange fees are shared with issuing banks and other payment processors. Full control over the payment network should also lead to better customer insight over time, perhaps enhancing targeted customer offers and driving higher spending per card.

Turning to people, Ken Chenault (age 62) has been CEO for 12 years, having joined the company in 1981, and we give him high marks. Working closely with his predecessor Harvey Golub, Mr. Chenault helped refocus the company on the core charge/credit card business while spinning off the financial advisors business (Ameriprise) in 2005 and other unrelated businesses before that. Since becoming CEO he has repeatedly lowered the cost structure of the business, including cutting costs in the corporate and retail travel business in late 2012 with a goal of reinvesting at least half the savings in the card business. President Ed Gilligan (age 53), Mr. Chenault’s likely successor, also has had a long and distinguished career at the company, having joined in 1980 and previously run the travel, international and corporate services divisions. In addition to the fact this team has done a good job managing their business, they also deserve praise for avoiding both large acquisitions and, to use another excellent term coined by Peter Lynch, “diworsification.” Finally, we commend this team for maintaining generally sensible compensation practices and exercising unusual restraint in the granting of large amounts of dilutive equity compensation.

Turning now to price, American Express trades at approximately 14 times our 2013 estimate of owner earnings, what an owner of the entire business could distribute or choose to reinvest on a discretionary basis. Put differently, purchased at today’s price, the company generates about a 7% earnings yield. The dividend yield is 1.2%. The company’s return on equity has consistently been above 20%, and the company generates substantial discretionary free cash flow that can be returned to shareholders, often in the form of share repurchases and dividends. The number of shares outstanding has declined 24% since 1993, a decrease of about 1.5% per year. More recently, shares outstanding at year-end 2012 were down 4.2% from year-end 2011, and we expect the trend of higher share repurchases to continue in 2013. At the same time, the dividend has increased from $0.33 per share a year in 1993 to $0.80 per share a year, an increase of 2.4 times or 5% per year. The potential capital returns are enabled by a very strong capital position, with a Tier 1 capital ratio of 11.9%.

Finally, and most important, we should discuss our view of the major risks facing this wonderful business. Chief among these is the possibility of the company losing its consumer relevancy in terms of convenience, brand, service, or the value proposition (rewards). Although such a decline can happen slowly or quickly, we are reassured that management continues to plough money into marketing and cardholder rewards rather than “milk” the business for short-term earnings. A second critical risk lies in the possibility of a dramatic upheaval in the payments industry, likely enabled by Internet technology. In considering this possibility, we note that a number of small and larger companies have attempted to break into the electronic payments industry, but so far PayPal is the only clear success story. Others, such as Square, actually have expanded the reach of the industry by allowing smaller merchants to accept cards. In addressing this risk, the company has also made a number of small acquisitions of new technologies, which might be viewed as a type of R&D expense. A third major risk is that the economics of American Express’s existing business could be slowly eroded as other card issuers pursue the same transaction-based (rather than lending-based) customers. JPMorgan Chase has been a particularly determined competitor in the affluent customer segment, with aggressive marketing and rewards programs. For example in its most recent financial statements, JPMorgan indicates that its total payment volume and customer spending per card are almost as large as American Express’s U.S. retail card business. While this trend must be watched closely, we feel management is doing a good job meeting these competitive challenges. For example, since 1999 American Express has grown its share of U.S. credit card purchases from 20% to 26%, a meaningful increase in market share in 13 years. Next, we must always consider the actions of regulators. Retailers are not forced to accept credit or charge cards, but they often complain to regulators and legislators about the fees they pay. Although this is a more modest risk for American Express than Visa or MasterCard and also less likely today than a few years ago, it could become an issue again at some point. Finally, we must consider the possibility of American Express making a large, dilutive acquisition, a risk we also noted above in our discussion of Bank of New York Mellon. Fortunately, as with Bank of New York Mellon, we consider this risk a remote one under American Express’s current management.

From Chris Davis' Davis Funds fall 2013 manager commentary.

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Ratios

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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 17.80
AXP's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
53% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.40 vs. AXP: 17.80 )
AXP' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.2   Max: 35.97
Current: 17.8

5.2
35.97
P/B 4.80
AXP's P/B is ranked lower than
61% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.41 vs. AXP: 4.80 )
AXP' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.95   Max: 7.24
Current: 4.8

0.95
7.24
P/S 2.90
AXP's P/S is ranked higher than
56% of the 126 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.44 vs. AXP: 2.90 )
AXP' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 3.13
Current: 2.9

0.44
3.13
PFCF 13.00
AXP's PFCF is ranked lower than
51% of the 72 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. AXP: 13.00 )
AXP' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 1.96   Max: 27.95
Current: 13

1.96
27.95
EV-to-EBIT 19.20
AXP's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
58% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 17.15 vs. AXP: 19.20 )
AXP' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 7.1   Max: 35.7
Current: 19.2

7.1
35.7
PEG 0.80
AXP's PEG is ranked higher than
69% of the 80 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. AXP: 0.80 )
AXP' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 5.61
Current: 0.8

0.8
5.61
Shiller P/E 24.90
AXP's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
57% of the 76 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 18.31 vs. AXP: 24.90 )
AXP' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 3.51   Max: 26.89
Current: 24.9

3.51
26.89

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 1.10
AXP's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
80% of the 96 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. AXP: 1.10 )
AXP' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.81   Max: 8.77
Current: 1.1

0.81
8.77
Dividend Payout 0.14
AXP's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
88% of the 77 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.30 vs. AXP: 0.14 )
AXP' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 0.47
Current: 0.14

0.14
0.47
Dividend growth (3y) -2.90
AXP's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
60% of the 72 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 8.00 vs. AXP: -2.90 )
AXP' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: -2.9   Max: 14.5
Current: -2.9

-2.9
14.5
Yield on cost (5-Year) 1.06
AXP's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
87% of the 98 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 2.94 vs. AXP: 1.06 )
AXP' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 8.47
Current: 1.06

0.78
8.47
Share Buyback Rate 3.00
AXP's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
93% of the 98 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: -1.50 vs. AXP: 3.00 )
AXP' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3   Max: -0.8
Current: 3

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 4.80
AXP's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
59% of the 123 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.64 vs. AXP: 4.80 )
AXP' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.82   Max: 6.96
Current: 4.8

1.82
6.96
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.10
AXP's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
53% of the 58 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.83 vs. AXP: 1.10 )
AXP' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 1.15
Current: 1.1

0.26
1.15
Price/Median PS Value 1.30
AXP's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
59% of the 118 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. AXP: 1.30 )
AXP' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 1.5
Current: 1.3

0.35
1.5
Price/Graham Number 1.90
AXP's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
56% of the 112 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 0.85 vs. AXP: 1.90 )
AXP' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.78   Max: 2.8
Current: 1.9

0.78
2.8
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.20
AXP's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
64% of the 127 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 5.50 vs. AXP: 5.20 )
AXP' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.8   Max: 14
Current: 5.2

2.8
14
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 6.29
AXP's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
64% of the 103 Companies
in the Global Credit Services industry.

( Industry Median: 12.04 vs. AXP: 6.29 )
AXP' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 6.9   Max: 74
Current: 6.29

6.9
74

Business Description

Industry: Credit Services » Credit Services
Compare:V, MA, TCAP, DFS, COF » details
Traded in other countries:AEC1.Germany
American Express Co was founded in 1850 as a joint stock association and was incorporated in 1965 as a New York corporation. American Express together with its subsidiaries is a global service company that provides customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Its principal products and services are charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services offered to consumers and businesses around the world. The Company is principally engaged in businesses comprising four reportable operating segments: U.S. Card Services, International Card Services, Global Commercial Services, and Global Network & Merchant Services. The Company's range of products and services include charge and credit card products; expense management products and services; consumer and business travel services; stored value products such as Travelers Cheques and other prepaid products; network services; merchant acquisition and processing, servicing and settlement, and point-of-sale, marketing and information products and services for merchants; and fee services, including market and trend analyses and related consulting services, fraud prevention services, and the design of customized customer loyalty and rewards programs. The Company's products and services are sold globally to diverse customer groups, including consumers, small businesses, middle-market companies, and large corporations. These products and services are sold through various channels including direct mail, on-line, targeted sales forces, and direct response advertising. Its general-purpose card network, card-issuing and merchant-acquiring and processing businesses are global in scope. The Company is engaged in providing charge and credit cards to consumers, small businesses and corporations. These cards include cards issued by American Express as well as cards issued by third-party banks and other institutions that are accepted on the American Express network. The Global Network & Merchant Services ("GNMS") segment operates a global payments network that processes and settles proprietary and non-proprietary card transactions. GNMS acquires merchants and provides point-of-sale products, multi-channel marketing programs and capabilities, services and data, leveraging its global closed-loop network. It provides ATM services and enters into partnership agreements with third-party card issuers and acquirers, licensing the American Express brand and extending the reach of the global network. In its Global Commercial Services segment, the Company provides expense management services to companies and organizations worldwide through its Global Corporate Payments and Global Business Travel businesses. Global Corporate Payments offers a range of expense management solutions to companies worldwide through its Corporate Card Programs and Business-to-Business Payment Solutions. American Express Global Business Travel provides globally i

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