Dow Component American Express (AXP) To Go Ex-dividend Tomorrow

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 124 points (+0.8%) at 16,549 as of Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014, 10:35 a.m. ET. During this time, 78.3 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 360.8 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,127 issues advancing vs. 745 declining with 162 unchanged.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 is the ex-dividend date for Dow component American Express (NYSE: AXP). Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 23 cents per share. At a price of $90.08 as of 10:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1% compared to the average Dow component yield of 2.6%.

The average volume for American Express has been 3.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. American Express has a market cap of $96.14 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of Monday's close.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 21.
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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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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