BMO Capital Remains a Hold on American Express (AXP)

BMO Capital analyst James Fotheringham maintained a Hold rating on American Express (AXPResearch Report) today and set a price target of $169.00. The company’s shares closed last Tuesday at $151.42.

According to, Fotheringham is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 14.1% and a 63.2% success rate. Fotheringham covers the Financial sector, focusing on stocks such as AssetMark Financial Holdings, Discover Financial Services, and International Money Express.

American Express has an analyst consensus of Moderate Buy, with a price target consensus of $174.78, implying a 14.4% upside from current levels. In a report issued on July 12, Morgan Stanley also downgraded the stock to Hold with a $143.00 price target.

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Based on American Express’ latest earnings release for the quarter ending June 30, the company reported a quarterly revenue of $13.4 billion and net profit of $1.96 billion. In comparison, last year the company earned revenue of $10.49 billion and had a net profit of $2.28 billion.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 40 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is negative on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders selling their shares of AXP in relation to earlier this year.

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Founded in 1850, American Express Co. is a financial services corporation which provides charge and credit card products, as well as travel-related services worldwide. The company operates through the Global Consumer Services Group, Global Commercial Services, and Global Merchant and Network Services.

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