American Stock Buy Hold or Sell Recommendation


USD 162.44  3.64  2.29%   

Considering the 90-day investment horizon and your complete indifference towards market risk, our recommendation regarding American Express is 'Strong Buy'. Macroaxis provides American Express buy-hold-or-sell recommendation only in the context of selected investment horizon and investor attitude towards risk assumed by holding AXP positions. The advice algorithm takes into account all of American Express' available fundamental, technical, and predictive indicators you will find on this site.
The advice is provided from American Express' buy-and-hold perspective. Please continue to American Express Analyst Recommendation to compare Macroaxis Buy or Sell Recommendation with the current analyst consensus. To check ratings for multiple equity instruments, please use the Instant Ratings tool. We conduct extensive research on individual companies such as American and provide practical buy, sell, or hold advice based on selected investing horizon and risk tolerance towards American Express.

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Current Valuation


Odds of Distress

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Economic Sensitivity

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For the selected time horizon American Express has a Risk Adjusted Performance of (0.039292), Jensen Alpha of (0.07), Total Risk Alpha of (0.07) and Treynor Ratio of (0.06)
Macroaxis provides advice on American Express to complement and cross-verify current analyst consensus on American Express. Our investment recommendation engine determines the company's potential to grow exclusively from the perspective of an investor's current risk tolerance and investing horizon. To make sure American Express is not overpriced, please confirm all American Express fundamentals, including its cash per share, beta, and the relationship between the revenue and cash flow from operations . Given that American Express has a price to book of 5.08 X, we suggest you to validate American Express market performance and probability of bankruptcy to ensure the company can sustain itself in the current economic cycle given your prevailing risk tolerance and investing horizon.

American Express Trading Alerts and Improvement Suggestions

Over 87.0% of the company shares are held by institutions such as insurance companies
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American Express current analysts advice

We track the performance of the top 100 financial experts across various large and mid-size financial boutiques. American analyst recommendations are determined by taking all analyst recommendations and averaging them as Strong Buy, Buy, Hold, Strong Sell or Sell. There is no one specific way to measure analysis performance other than comparing it to the past results via a very sophisticated attribution analysis. American analyst consensus and target price projections should be used in combination with other traditional techniques such as stock price forecasting, technical analysis, earnings estimate, and various momentum models.
Target Mean Price178.80
Target Median Price180.00
Target High Price220.00
Recommendation Mean2.30
Number Of Analyst Opinions25
Target Low Price140.00
Average Consensus Hold
The consensus estimates and target price estimation comprises individual analyst assessments, and may or may not mutch the Macroaxis buy or sell advice. It is determined by taking an average of all analyst recommendations and classifying them as Strong Buy, Buy, Hold, or Sell.

American Express Returns Distribution Density

The distribution of American Express' historical returns is an attempt to chart the future uncertainty of American Express' future price movements. The chart of the probability distribution of American Express stock daily returns describes the distribution of returns around its average expected value. We use American Express price's Value At Risk and its Upside Potential as a relative measure of the distribution. The graph of the distribution of American Express returns is essential to provide solid investment advice for American Express stock.
Mean Return-0.08Value At Risk-3.84
Potential Upside3.79Standard Deviation2.30
   Return Density   
Investment risk management requires an estimate of the probability of extreme price changes. Therefore, the correct representation of the distribution of American Express historical returns presented in an easy-to-digest graphical form helps investors and money managers understand the risk-reward trade-off of different investement strategies.

American Stock Institutional Investors

Have you ever been surprised when a price of an equity instrument such as American Express is soaring high without any particular reason? This is usually happening because many institutional investors are aggressively trading American Express backward and forwards among themselves. American Express' institutional investor refers to the entity that pools money to purchase American Express' securities or originate loans. Institutional investors include commercial and private banks, credit unions, insurance companies, pension funds, hedge funds, endowments, and mutual funds. Operating companies that invest excess capital in these types of assets may also be included in the term and may influence corporate governance by exercising voting rights in their investments.
Security TypeSharesValue
Rothschild Co Wealth Management Uk LtdCommon Shares3.6 M492.4 M
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings IncCommon Shares2.3 M320.5 M
Troy Asset Management LtdCommon Shares2.3 M318.2 M
New York State Common Retirement FundCommon Shares1.4 M194.8 M
Maj Invest Holding ACommon Shares1.2 M162.9 M
Abrdn PlcCommon Shares1.1 M158.9 M
Capital Wealth Planning LlcCommon Shares1.1 M154.4 M
Note, although American Express' institutional investors appear to be way more sophisticated than retail investors, it remains unclear if professional active investment managers can reliably enhance risk-adjusted returns by an amount that exceeds fees and expenses.

American Express Cash Flow Accounts

201720182019202020212022 (projected)
Capital Expenditure(1.06 B)(1.31 B)(1.65 B)(1.48 B)(1.55 B)(1.67 B)
Depreciation Amortization and Accretion1.32 B1.29 B1.19 B1.54 B1.7 B1.58 B
Net Cash Flow or Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents7.77 B(5.46 B)(3.36 B)8.52 B(10.94 B)(11.22 B)
Net Cash Flow Business Acquisitions and Disposals(211 M)(520 M)(352 M)(597 M)1,000 K1.08 M
Issuance Purchase of Equity Shares(4.27 B)(1.6 B)(4.6 B)(985 M)(7.59 B)(7.79 B)
Issuance Repayment of Debt Securities6.38 B2.48 B2.17 B(20.15 B)(3.41 B)(3.68 B)
Payment of Dividends and Other Cash Distributions(1.25 B)(1.32 B)(1.42 B)(1.47 B)(1.45 B)(1.56 B)
Net Cash Flow from Financing12.24 B5.1 B(519 M)(9.07 B)(14.93 B)(15.33 B)
Net Cash Flow from Investing(18.24 B)(19.61 B)(16.71 B)11.63 B(10.53 B)(11.36 B)
Net Cash Flow Investment Acquisitions and Disposals(16.97 B)(17.79 B)(14.86 B)13.57 B(8.98 B)(9.69 B)
Net Cash Flow from Operations13.54 B8.93 B13.63 B5.59 B14.64 B13.59 B
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash226 M129 M232 M364 M(120 M)(123.16 M)
Share Based Compensation254 M282 M283 M249 M330 M294.37 M

American Express Greeks

Most traded equities are subject to two types of risk - systematic (i.e., market) and unsystematic (i.e., nonmarket or company-specific) risk. Unsystematic risk is the risk that events specific to American Express or Financial Services sector will adversely affect the stock's price. This type of risk can be diversified away by owning several different stocks in different industries whose stock prices have shown a small correlation to each other. On the other hand, systematic risk is the risk that American Express stock's price will be affected by overall stock market movements and cannot be diversified away. So, no matter how many positions you have, you cannot eliminate market risk. However, you can measure a American stock's historical response to market movements and buy it if you are comfortable with its volatility direction. Beta and standard deviation are two commonly used measures to help you make the right decision.
Alpha over DOW
Beta against DOW1.48
Overall volatility
Information ratio -0.03

American Express Volatility Alert

American Express exhibits very low volatility with skewness of -0.08 and kurtosis of -0.01. However, we advise investors to further study American Express technical indicators to make sure all market info is available and is reliable. Understanding different market volatility trends often help investors to time the market. Properly using volatility indicators enable traders to measure American Express' stock risk against market volatility during both bullying and bearish trends. The higher level of volatility that comes with bear markets can directly impact American Express' stock price while adding stress to investors as they watch their shares' value plummet. This usually forces investors to rebalance their portfolios by buying different stocks as prices fall.

American Express Implied Volatility

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American Express Fundamentals Vs Peers

Comparing American Express' fundamentals to the average values of its peers is one of the most widely used and accepted methods of equity analyses. It helps to analyze American Express' direct or indirect competition across all of the common fundamentals between American Express and the related equities. This way, we can detect undervalued stocks with similar characteristics as American Express or determine the stocks which would be an excellent addition to an existing portfolio. Peer analysis of American Express' fundamental indicators could also be used in its relative valuation, which is a method of valuing American Express by comparing valuation metrics with those of similar companies.
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 Worse Than Average Compare American Express to competition
FundamentalsAmerican ExpressPeer Average
Return On Equity31.20 %(0.31) %
Return On Asset3.88 %(0.14) %
Profit Margin15.86 %(1.27) %
Current Valuation135.43 B16.62 B
Shares Outstanding749.75 M571.82 M
Shares Owned by Insiders0.16 %10.09 %
Shares Owned by Institutions87.42 %39.21 %
Number of Shares Shorted8.31 M4.71 M
Price to Earning16.08 X28.72 X
Price to Book5.08 X9.51 X
Price to Sales2.46 X11.42 X
Revenue47.96 B9.43 B
Gross Profit30.8 B27.38 B
EBITDA7.12 B3.9 B
Net Income7.46 B570.98 M
Cash and Equivalents25.19 B2.7 B
Cash per Share33.60 X5.01 X
Total Debt42.53 B5.32 B
Debt to Equity1.83 %48.70 %
Current Ratio1.63 X2.16 X
Book Value Per Share30.94 X1.93 K
Cash Flow from Operations17.32 B971.22 M
Short Ratio1.98 X4.00 X
Earnings Per Share9.78 X3.12 X
Price to Earnings To Growth1.13 X4.89 X
Number of Employees64 K18.84 K
Market Capitalization117.92 B19.03 B
Total Asset161.18 B29.47 B
Retained Earnings12.36 B9.33 B
Working Capital9.57 B1.48 B
Current Asset84.45 B9.34 B
Current Liabilities74.88 B7.9 B
   Acquisition by Christopher Young of 255 shares of American Express subject to Rule 16b-3 [view details]

American Express Market Momentum

Traders often use several daily momentume indicators to supplement a more traditional technical analysis when analyzing securities such as American . With many different options, investors must choose the best indicators for them and familiarize themselves with how they work. We suggest combining traditional momentum indicators with more near-term forms of technical analysis such as Accumulation Distribution or Daily Balance Of Power. With their quantitative nature, daily value technical indicators can also be incorporated into your automated trading systems.
Accumulation Distribution50442.43
Daily Balance Of Power1.416342
Rate Of Daily Change1.02
Day Median Price162.93
Day Typical Price162.76
Market Facilitation Index0.0
Price Action Indicator1.33

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 2021 2022 (projected)
Current Assets76 B69.11 B
Total Assets188.55 B198.56 B

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Is American Express' industry expected to grow? Or is there an opportunity to expand the business' product line in the future? Factors like these will boost the valuation of American Express. If investors know American will grow in the future, the company's valuation will be higher. The financial industry is built on trying to define current growth potential and future valuation accurately. All the valuation information about American Express listed above have to be considered, but the key to understanding future value is determining which factors weigh more heavily than others.
Quarterly Earnings Growth YOY
Market Capitalization
117.9 B
Quarterly Revenue Growth YOY
Return On Assets
Return On Equity
The market value of American Express is measured differently than its book value, which is the value of American that is recorded on the company's balance sheet. Investors also form their own opinion of American Express' value that differs from its market value or its book value, called intrinsic value, which is American Express' true underlying value. Investors use various methods to calculate intrinsic value and buy a stock when its market value falls below its intrinsic value. Because American Express' market value can be influenced by many factors that don't directly affect American Express' underlying business (such as a pandemic or basic market pessimism), market value can vary widely from intrinsic value.
Please note, there is a significant difference between American Express' value and its price as these two are different measures arrived at by different means. Investors typically determine American Express value by looking at such factors as earnings, sales, fundamental and technical indicators, competition as well as analyst projections. However, American Express' price is the amount at which it trades on the open market and represents the number that a seller and buyer find agreeable to each party.