was up 38.3% in midafternoon trading after announcing that it will be purchased by financial services giant

American Express

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. American Express said its

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unit would pay $107.5 million, or 5.68 per share, for SierraCities, an equipment financing company. American Express said the deal would help expand its small business lending. American Express was down 0.4%.