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The

Dow Jones Industrial Average

(

^DJI

) is trading up 81 points (+0.4%) at 18,197 as of Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 11:36 a.m. ET. During this time, 118.9 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 369.6 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,740 issues advancing vs. 1,207 declining with 162 unchanged.

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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be

American Express

(NYSE:

AXP

), which is sporting a $1.06 gain (+1.3%) bringing the stock to $81.36. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 8.02 points or roughly accounting for 9.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for American Express currently sits at 4.5 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of 6.4 million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $82.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 13.7% year-to-date as of Monday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1.3%.

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses worldwide. The company operates through four segments: U.S.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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