Analysts See $1.55 EPS for American Express Company (AXP)

Greenwood Gearhart Inc sold 45,413 shares as the company's stock declined 3.65% while stock markets rallied. First Eagle Investment Management Llc who had been investing in American Express Co for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $84.49B market cap company. The stock increased 0.71% or $0.69 during the last trading session, reaching $97.84. 3,464,800 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,593,644.

Handelsbanken Fonder AB raised its stake in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) by 26.7% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. It has outperformed by 33.83% the S&P500.

First Eagle Investment Management Llc, which manages about $41.69B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Dean Foods Co New (NYSE:DF) by 944,595 shares to 315,785 shares, valued at $5.37 million in 2017Q2, according to the filing. Cetera Advisor Ltd has invested 0.05% in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP). The day's high marked a slight increase on the previous day's close which saw AXP finish the day's trading at 97.15. Balyasny Asset Ltd Limited Liability Company stated it has 1.17 million shares or 0.41% of all its holdings. The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) has risen 0.64% since December 15, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 5.71% the S&P500.

Since August 8, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 15 sales for $62.28 million activity.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, February 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $98.87, for a total value of $8,792,509.10. The insider Weaver David Hudson sold $410,539. About 155,409 shares traded.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.88 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.04, from 0.78 in 2017Q1.

But it's not just selling activity that is creating investor interest in AXP; over the last several weeks, several insiders have bought shares. 52 funds opened positions while 139 raised stakes. Millennium Limited Co reported 71,021 shares. Silvercrest Asset Grp Inc Limited Com holds 132,366 shares or 0.12% of its portfolio. Synovus Finance holds 23,825 shares or 0.04% of its portfolio. SRS Capital Advisors Inc. now owns 1,476 shares of the payment services company's stock worth $116,000 after purchasing an additional 138 shares in the last quarter. Security Natl Company reported 25,764 shares. 70,537 were accumulated by Hbk Invests L P. Moreover, Northern has 0.01% invested in Exelixis, Inc. Duncker Streett reported 0.15% stake. Spark Invest Mgmt Limited Liability holds 0.22% or 141,500 shares in its portfolio. Parnassus Invests Ca, a California-based fund reported 2.30M shares. Linscomb & Williams stated it has 3,227 shares. Wade G W And accumulated 3,113 shares. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, sixteen have issued a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company's stock. Therefore 11% are positive. The stock of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) has "Hold" rating given on Friday, October 20 by RBC Capital Markets. Also, insider Susan Sobbott sold 6,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 7th. The firm earned "Neutral" rating on Thursday, October 20 by Bank of America. The rating was initiated by Wells Fargo with "Buy" on Tuesday, October 10. The firm has "Hold" rating by Oppenheimer given on Thursday, July 20. The rating was maintained by Jefferies with "Hold" on Tuesday, May 30. The stock has "Buy" rating by Roth Capital on Monday, September 11. The firm has a market capitalization of $81,140.29, a PE ratio of 17.91, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.56 and a beta of 1.22. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Monday, September 14 by S&P Research. Its up 0.10, from 0.78 in 2017Q1. It is positive, as 55 investors sold AXP shares while 443 reduced holdings.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Winslow Asset Mngmt reported 1% in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP). Aperio Gp Ltd Llc has invested 0.24% in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP). The New York-based Tirschwell & Loewy Inc has invested 0.04% in American Express Company (NYSE:AXP). Farmers & Merchants Trust Co of Chambersburg PA now owns 1,288 shares of the payment services company's stock valued at $109,000 after acquiring an additional 300 shares during the period. Levin Cap Strategies LP owns 760,961 shares or 1.12% of their United States portfolio. Lyons Wealth Ltd Liability has 1.27% invested in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) for 47,262 shares. (NASDAQ:EXEL) or 43.75M shares. Ruane Cunniff Goldfarb Incorporated stated it has 13,751 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Johnson Fin Group holds 921 shares. Farmers & Merchants Trust Co of Chambersburg PA now owns 1,288 shares of the payment services company's stock worth $109,000 after acquiring an additional 300 shares during the period. American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) has risen 22.41% since December 15, 2016 and is uptrending. Therefore 29% are positive. As per Friday, April 1, the company rating was reinitiated by Piper Jaffray. Compass Point initiated American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) rating on Friday, April 15. $19.75's average target is 0.61% above currents $19.63 stock price. The stock has "Underperform" rating by Credit Suisse on Tuesday, January 19. The stock has "Neutral" rating by Goldman Sachs on Wednesday, January 13. On Friday, October 6 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with "Hold".

American Express Company, together with its subsidiaries, is a global services company. The rating was upgraded by Instinet on Thursday, April 27 to "Neutral". (NASDAQ:EXEL) for 2,000 shares.

In other news, EVP Michael John O'neill sold 43,741 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 11th.

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