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Is American Express Company(NYSE: AXP), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. American Express Company (NYSE: AXP) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 6/1/1972. American Express Company is in the Credit Services industry and Financial sector. Average volume for American Express Company, is 4465.52, and so far today it has a volume of 3979000. Performance year to date since the 6/1/1972 is -3.40%.

To help you determine whether American Express Company is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 11.66 and forward P/E is 11.97. PEG perhaps more useful shows that American Express Company has a value for PEG of 1.51. P/S ratio is 1.8 and the P/B ratio is 3. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 22.1 and 8.73 respectively.

At the current price American Express Company is trading at, 66.24 (0.08% today), American Express Company has a dividend yield of 1.75%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 15.30%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 5.68, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 0.64% after growing -9.80% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 47.70%, and -0.30% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 938, and the number of shares float is 921.97. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.10%, and institutional ownership is at 84.20%. The float short is 2.03%, with the short ratio at a value of 4.18. Management has seen a return on assets of 3.50%, and also a return on investment of 4.00%.

The ability for American Express Company, to deal with debt, means it current ratio is *TBA, and quick ratio is *TBA. Long term debt/equity is 2.45 and total debt/equity is 5.19. In terms of margins, American Express Company has a gross margin of 71.80%, with its operating margin at 24.90%, and American Express Company has a profit margin of 15.90%.

The 52 week high is -13.98%, with 33.07% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 3.59% and the 200 day simple moving average is 5.91%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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