AT&T shares rose 5.38% in April to $32.91. On April 24, the company reported first-quarter earnings of 60 cents a share on $31.82 billion in revenue. Analysts were anticipating earnings of 57 cents a share on revenue of $31.85 billion. Shares of AT&T hit a 52-week high on Monday of $32.95. The stock's 52-week low of $27.29 was set on Sept. 12. Twenty-two of the 39 analysts who cover AT&T rated it hold. Fifteen analysts gave the stock a buy rating and two rated it sell. The stock has risen 9.26% so far in 2012.
American Express shares increased 4.06% in April to $60.21. On April 18, the credit card company reported first-quarter earnings of $1.26 billion, or $1.07 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1.18 billion, or 97 cents a share. Shares of American Express hit a 52-week high on April 27 of $60.96. The stock's 52-week low of $41.30 was set on Oct. 4. American Express shares trade at a forward P/E of 12.52X; the average for its peers is 11.98X. Sixteen of the 31 analysts who cover American Express rate it at buy. Eleven analysts give the stock a hold rating and four rate it at sell. The stock has risen 28.2% year to date.