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How to buy American Express stock in Canada
Learn how to buy American Express stock in 5 easy steps.
American Express is a credit services business based in the US. American Express stocks (AXP.US) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $171.55 – an increase of 5.43% over the previous week. American Express employs 77,300 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $52.1 billion.
How to buy American Express stock
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- Fund your account. Deposit funds unto your account by linking your banking information or transfer funds from another trading account.
- Search for the stock name – AXP. Search for the stock by name or ticker symbol.
- Buy the stock. Place your order. It's that simple.
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- Can I buy shares in American Express?
- Has coronavirus impacted American Express shares?
- American Express shares summary
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- Is American Express stock a buy or sell?
- American Express performance over time
- Is American Express suitable for ethical investing?
- Are American Express shares over-valued?
- American Express's financials
- How volatile are American Express shares?
- Does American Express pay a dividend?
- Have American Express shares ever split?
- Other common questions
American Express stock price (NYSE:AXP)Use our graph to track the performance of AXP stocks over time.
American Express shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$171.55|
|52-week range||$129.72 - $181.48|
|50-day moving average||$157.71|
|200-day moving average||$156.22|
|Wall St. target price||$182.22|
|Dividend yield||$2.16 (1.51%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$9.51|
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Is it a good time to buy American Express stock?
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American Express price performance over time
Historical closes compared with the close of $171.55 from 2023-06-07
|1 week (2023-06-01)||5.43%|
|1 month (2023-05-08)||12.09%|
|3 months (2023-03-07)||-2.15%|
|6 months (2022-12-05)||9.91%|
|1 year (2022-06-08)||3.37%|
|2 years (2021-06-04)||N/A|
|3 years (2020-06-08)||50.92%|
|5 years (2018-06-08)||69.85%|
Is American Express stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing American Express stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of American Express's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
American Express's P/E ratio
American Express's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 17x. In other words, American Express shares trade at around 17x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
American Express's PEG ratio
American Express's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.1501. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into American Express's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
American Express financials
|Revenue TTM||$52.1 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||18.37%|
|Gross profit TTM||$28.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||3.35%|
|Return on equity TTM||29.9%|
|Market capitalisation||$120.9 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
American Express's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like American Express.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
American Express's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 22.29
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and American Express's overall score of 22.29 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 25th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like American Express is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
American Express's environmental score
Environmental score: 4.55/100
American Express's environmental score of 4.55 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that American Express is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
American Express's social score
Social score: 15.43/100
American Express's social score of 15.43 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that American Express is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
American Express's governance score
Governance score: 15.82/100
American Express's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that American Express is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
American Express's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. American Express scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that American Express hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
American Express share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 22.71% of net profits
Recently American Express has paid out, on average, around 22.71% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.51% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), American Express shareholders could enjoy a 1.51% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In American Express's case, that would currently equate to about $2.16 per share.
While American Express's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that American Express is investing more in its future growth.
American Express's most recent dividend payout was on 9 August 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 July 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have American Express's shares ever split?
American Express's shares were split on a 10000:8753 basis on 2 October 2005. So if you had owned 8753 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 10000 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your American Express shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 12.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for American Express shares which in turn could have impacted American Express's share price.
American Express share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, American Express's shares have ranged in value from as little as $129.7181 up to $181.4777. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while American Express's is 1.1773. This would suggest that American Express's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
American Express overview
American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides charge and credit payment card products, and travel-related services worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Global Consumer Services Group, Global Commercial Services, and Global Merchant and Network Services. Its products and services include payment and financing products; network services; accounts payable expense management products and services; and travel and lifestyle services. The company's products and services also comprise merchant acquisition and processing, servicing and settlement, point-of-sale marketing, and information products and services for merchants; and fraud prevention services, as well as the design and operation of customer loyalty programs. It sells its products and services to consumers, small businesses, mid-sized companies, and large corporations through mobile and online applications, third-party vendors and business partners, direct mail, telephone, in-house sales teams, and direct response advertising. American Express Company was founded in 1850 and is headquartered in New York, New York. .
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