Dow Today: American Express (AXP) Higher

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) is trading up 114 points (+0.7%) at 16,154 as of Thursday, Feb 20, 2014, 1:35 p.m. ET. During this time, 214.1 million shares of the 30 Dow components have changed hands vs. an average daily trading volume of 381.2 million. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,855 issues advancing vs. 1,103 declining with 157 unchanged.
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The Dow component leading the way higher looks to be American Express (NYSE: AXP), which is sporting a 13-cent gain (+0.1%) bringing the stock to $88.97. This single gain is lifting the Dow Jones Industrial Average by 0.98 points or roughly accounting for 0.9% of the Dow's overall gain. Volume for American Express currently sits at 2.8 million shares traded vs. an average daily trading volume of four million shares.

American Express has a market cap of $95.36 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of Wednesday's close. The stock's dividend yield sits at 1%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings rates American Express as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. 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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