American Express Co (AXP): Today's Featured Financial Winner

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American Express ( AXP) pushed the Financial sector higher today making it today's featured financial winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, American Express rose $1.17 (1.3%) to $89.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,199,388 shares of American Express exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,059,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $88.79-$90.43 after having opened the day at $88.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.75. Other companies within the Financial sector that increased today were: Royal Bancshares of Pennsylvania ( RBPAA), up 42.4%, Elbit Imaging ( EMITF), up 37.4%, PowerShares DB Base Metals Long ETN ( BDG), up 28.4% and PowerShares DB Base Metals Short ETN ( BOS), up 19.3%.

American Express Company provides charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services to customers worldwide. American Express has a market cap of $95.4 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 2.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate American Express a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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.

On the negative front, VelocityShares 3x Long Natural Gas ETN ( UGAZ), down 17.8%, E-House China Holdings ( EJ), down 9.7%, ProShares UltraShort Russell1000 Value ( SJF), down 6.8% and China Housing & Land Development ( CHLN), down 6.2% , were all laggards within the financial sector with Realogy Holdings ( RLGY) being today's financial sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial sector could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial sector could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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