How to buy Amex (AXP) shares in the UK

Learn how to easily invest in Amex shares.

American Express Company
NYSE: AXP - USD
CREDIT SERVICES
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American Express Company (AXP) is a leading credit services business based in the US. It opened the day at $170 after a previous close of $167.5. During the day the price has varied from a low of $169.21 to a high of $172.31. The latest price was $171.94 (25 minute delay). Amex is listed on the NYSE and employs 63,700 staff. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in Amex

  1. Choose a platform. If you're a beginner, our share-dealing table below can help you choose.
  2. Open your account. You'll need your ID, bank details and national insurance number.
  3. Confirm your payment details. You'll need to fund your account with a bank transfer, debit card or credit card.
  4. Search the platform for stock code: AXP in this case.
  5. Research Amex shares. The platform should provide the latest information available.
  6. Buy your Amex shares. It's that simple.
The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes.

How has coronavirus impacted Amex's share price?

Since the stock market crash that started in February 2020, Amex's share price has had significant positive movement.

Its last market close was $165, which is 18.24% up on its pre-crash value of $134.9 and 146.27% up on the lowest point reached during the March 2020 crash when the shares fell as low as $67.

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Amex shares at the start of February 2020, those shares would have been worth $526.16 at the bottom of the March crash, and if you held on to them, then as of the last market close they'd be worth $1,258.95.

Amex share price (NYSE:AXP)

Use our graph to track the performance of AXP stocks over time.

Amex shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-09.
Open$170
High$172.31
Low$169.21
Close$171.94
Previous close$167.5
Change$4.44
Change %2.6507%
Volume3,010,916
Information last updated 2021-07-22.
52-week range$88.3021 - $174.76
50-day moving average$166.8717
200-day moving average$147.1606
Wall St. target price$164.22
PE ratio28.0118
Dividend yield$1.72 (1%)
Earnings per share (TTM)$6.101
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Fees for buying 5x Amex shares with popular platforms

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eToro Free Stocks logo £0 $200 £3.13
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£627.81 total
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Degiro Share Dealing logo £0 £0.01 £1.07
£626.07 total
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Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account logo £0 £1 £18.21
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£642.38 total
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£642.33 total
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Is it a good time to buy Amex stock?

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Amex price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $171.94

1 week (2021-07-12) -0.96%
1 month (2021-06-23) 3.57%

Is Amex under- or over-valued?

Valuing a stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge value.

P/E ratio

Amex's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, Amex shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

However, Amex's P/E ratio is best considered in relation to those of others within the credit services industry or those of similar companies.

PEG ratio

Amex's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.295. A PEG ratio over 1 can be interpreted as meaning shares are overvalued at the current rate of growth, or may anticipate an acceleration in growth.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Amex's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

However, it's sensible to consider Amex's PEG ratio in relation to those of similar companies.

Financials

Revenue TTM $33.4 billion
Operating margin TTM 19.8%
Gross profit TTM $22.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.64%
Return on equity TTM 22.01%
Profit margin 14.98%
Book value $30.447
Market capitalisation $137.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

How to short and sell Amex shares

  1. Create a CFD or spread betting account.
  2. Search for the stock code. E.g. "AXP.US"
  3. Choose your position size.
  4. Select "sell" rather than "buy".
  5. Confirm your position and keep tabs on it. You may wish to set limits on your position.

There are currently 6.5 million Amex shares held short by investors – that's known as the "short interest". This figure is 2.4% up from 6.3 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Amex shares can be evaluated.

Short interest ratio (SIR)

Amex's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Amex shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Amex shares traded daily (recently around 3.4 million). Amex's SIR currently stands at 1.91. In other words for every 100,000 Amex shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1910 shares are currently held short.

To gain some more context, you can compare Amex's short interest ratio against those of similar companies.

However Amex's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Amex shares, or, against the total number of tradable Amex shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Amex's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Amex shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0099% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Amex shares, roughly 10 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Amex.

Find out more about how you can short Amex stock.

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 Amex.

Total ESG risk score

Amex's total ESG risk: 22.29

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Amex'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 Amex 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.).

To gain some more context, you can compare Amex's total ESG risk score against those of similar companies.

Environmental score

Amex's environmental score: 4.55/100

Amex's environmental score of 4.55 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amex is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Social score

Amex's social score: 15.43/100

Amex's social score of 15.43 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Amex is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Governance score

Amex's governance score: 15.82/100

Amex's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Amex is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Controversy score

Amex's controversy score: 3/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. A high-profile company, Amex scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Amex hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.

Wondering how that compares? Below are the controversy scores of similar companies.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

American Express Company was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 22.29
Total ESG percentile 25.26
Environmental score 4.55
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 15.43
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 15.82
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Amex share dividends

1.0%

Dividend yield: 1% of stock value

1.0%

Forward annual dividend yield: 1% of stock value

28.2%

Dividend payout ratio: 28.24% of net profits

Amex has recently paid out dividends equivalent to 1.00% of its share value annually.

Amex has paid out, on average, around 28.24% of recent net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), shareholders could enjoy a 1% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Amex's case, that would currently equate to about $1.72 per share.

While Amex's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that it may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Amex's most recent dividend payout was on 9 August 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 30 June 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Amex's dividend yield is perhaps best considered in relation to those of similar companies.

Have Amex's shares ever split?

Amex'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 Amex shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 12.5% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Amex shares which in turn could have impacted Amex's share price.

Share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Amex's shares have ranged in value from as little as $88.3021 up to $174.76. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

AXP.US volatility(beta: 1.28)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Amex's is 1.2818. This would suggest that Amex's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

To put Amex's beta into context you can compare it against those of similar companies.

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Amex overview

American Express is best know as an issuer of both consumer credit cards and business credit cards, with a focus towards earning rewards points or cashback and enjoying premium features.

Unlike the vast majority of other card issuers, however, Amex doubles as a payments network – directly competing with Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Although it's generally considered to be a less widely accepted payment method outside of the US, it's pushing hard to grow its popularity worldwide. Where previously using your Amex at smaller UK merchants in rural locations was something of a long shot, the brand's "Shop small" campaign has sought to change this perception in recent years.

The company's origins go back to 1850's New York (where it remains headquartered today). It was founded by Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, who would later go on to form Wells Fargo.

Today, it's split into three main sections: Global Consumer Services Group, Global Commercial Services, and Global Merchant and Network Services. The company's products and services include 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 is also know for its Airport lounges (notably the Centurion lounges) and for striking deals to offer its cardholders access to third party-operated lounges though lounge networks including Delta Sky Club, Escape Lounges, Plaza Premium Lounges and Priority Pass. In 2019 Amex acquired LoungeBuddy, a pay-as-you go lounge access scheme.

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