1. As of noon trading, American Express ( AXP) is up $1.02 (1.59) to $65.15 on heavy volume Thus far, 6.4 million shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $63.64-$65.89 after having opened the day at $63.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.13.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $71.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full American Express Ratings Report now.

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