American Express

  • Profiting from the Swipe

    By Callum Turcan - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    85% of all retail transactions are made with cash or check, but is that about to change? It looks to be that way as consumers start to leave their cash in the bank and take it out using their credit and debit cards.

    In 2010 48% of all retail transactions were done with cards in the US and by 2013 that was up to 50%. A report done by the more »

  • Swipe Profits With This Industry Giant

    By Joseph Solitro - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    Over the last several years, the world has begun its switch from paper money to plastic cards. This trend has fueled incredible growth for credit card companies, and made Visa (NYSE: V) a goldmine for investors. After pulling back about 11.5% in less than a month, Visa could be a great value play at this level. 

    The company and its quarter

    Visa is the world's largest retail electronic more »

  • Visa Selloff Has Eager Investors Eyeing Fresh Entry Points

    By Boniface Murigu - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    Visa (NYSE: V) shares were recently dealt a severe blow following the historic Federal Court ruling regarding debit interchange rates.

    A US District Court passed the landmark ruling on July 31, 2013, that in effect invalidated an earlier ruling regarding debit card fees levied by card companies. The Wednesday ruling overturned an earlier ruling passed in 2010 and placed into operations in October 2011, that allowed the Federal Reserve to more »

  • Credit Stocks to Raise More than Your Score

    By Kyle Vaughan - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS

    The term "credit score" is tossed around like it's going out of style. Even with the plethora of knowledge available on improving this crucial statistic of financial well-being, many consumers fail to pay off their debt. According to Statistic Brain, which verifies reports through the Federal Reserve and TransUnion, 56% of consumers carried an unpaid balance in the past 12 months. This isn't good for some aspects of more »

  • Visa Selloff Has Eager Investors Eyeing Fresh Entry Points

    By Boniface Murigu - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    Visa (NYSE: V) shares were recently dealt a severe blow following the historic Federal Court ruling regarding debit interchange rates. A US District Court passed the landmark ruling on July 31 that, in effect, invalidated an earlier ruling regarding debit card fees levied by card companies.

    The Wednesday ruling overturned an earlier ruling passed in 2010 and operationalized in October 2011 that allowed the Federal Reserve to place an unprecedented more »

  • The Debit Card Kingdom May Be Crumbling

    By Ryan Guenette - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    This article has been amended to better reflect the ramifications of the debit card ruling.

    A landmark ruling in a federal case regarding debit card fees could potentially cost the kings of plastic billions. When and if the hype materializes, which companies are standing to weather this financial storm, and come out the other side stronger? 

    The Judge Has Spoken

    On July 31, a U.S. district court invalidated a more »

  • The Key to Making Money in the Market

    By Rupert Hargreaves - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DTV, MA

    The key to making money on the stock market is not a hugely complicated trading strategy requiring terabytes of computing power. It is simply searching for companies that are able to generate sustainable long term value though cash generation and simple business models. This requires several things, the most important of which is an operation that will run itself. The 'key man' risk is an important thing to consider here more »

  • A Global Card Issuer for Long-Term Shareholders

    By Anh HOANG - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    MasterCard's (NYSE: MA) long-term investors must be quite happy. The stock has experienced a decent gain since its IPO, from around $47 per share in 2006 to more than $610.60 per share at the time of writing. Including the dividend payment, the cumulative return for shareholders has reached more than 1,260%. Is MasterCard still a good long-term buy for investors? Let’s take a closer look.

    Growing more »

  • Big Long-Term Potential for This Global Powerhouse

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DFS, MA, V

    MasterCard (NYSE: MA) is firing on all cylinders lately, the stock is trading at all-time highs after delivering a blowout earnings report for the last quarter. Valuation may be getting a little frothy but, make no mistake; this global payments powerhouse still has plenty of upside potential for years to come.

    Business Model

    There are basically two kinds of card companies with very different business models, players like American Express more »

  • 3 Dow Companies to Buy

    By Jayson Derrick - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, KO, MCD

    Dow corporations are among the most recognizable companies in the world, and certain companies within the index can provide investors with superior returns. There are three companies within the index that I am following closely and investors should consider buying.

    Earnings were a slight bump in the road

    Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) recently announced 2Q13 results which were perceived as weak. While EPS did reach the $0.63 consensus, the underlying more »

  • How Can This Card Company Compete?

    By Jordan Wathen - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, GDOT, WMT

    Mortgage banking may steal the headlines, but when it comes to growth stories in finance, it’s all about the unbanked -- people who don’t have a bank account. Traditional banking companies are turning to prepaid cards in an effort to grab new customers, and new fee income.

    Green Dot (NYSE: GDOT) was one of the first pre-paid debit card companies on the market, and now it’s one of more »

  • What Makes This Credit Services Company a Good Bet?

    By Lalit Kumar - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    Revenue and macroeconomic conditions have a very strong positive co-relation for credit services companies. Any improvement in the macroeconomic conditions gets reflected in the revenue of credit services companies. Recent reports from various agencies have indicated that the macroeconomic conditions in the developed countries have shown signs of improvement, which augurs well for this industry. This will help the major players in the industry like MasterCard and Visa improve their more »

  • They Should Rename it PayPal

    By Reuben Brewer - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DFS, EBAY

    eBay's (NASDAQ: EBAY) second quarter results were overshadowed by the company's subdued outlook for earnings for the second half of the year. That's left investors largely overlooking the continued strength of the payments division.

    One of the biggest success stories of the Internet boom is PayPal. It first started as a third-party service for the settlement of eBay auctions. The company acted as a middle man between more »

  • Can a Near $600 Stock Be Cheap?

    By Chad Henage - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DFS, MA, V

    When I see a stock trading for nearly $600 a share, I have the same reaction many investors probably have. It’s frustrating that the company chooses to keep the share price so high, as smaller investors like myself would have trouble accumulating a decent number of shares. While I know intellectually this higher price is the same value as 10 shares worth $60 each, there something gratifying about owning more »

  • A Stellar Quarter if You Ignore the Missing $1 Billion

    By Chad Henage - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DFS, MA, V

    I hate it when $1 billion goes missing don’t you? Much to my surprise, in Visa’s (NYSE: V) most recent earnings, the company reported stellar growth by nearly every metric investors could ask for. Between strong growth, and a new multibillion-dollar stock repurchase program, the market reacted positively to the company’s earnings. However, the company’s outlook leaves a rather large question unanswered, and if I were more »

  • Should American Express Be in Your Portfolio?

    By Justin Pope - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, COF, DFS, V

    Consumer spending took a hit when the recession took hold in 2007-2008. Since then, however, consumer spending in the United States has been making a slow but steady recovery:

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    source: St Louis Fed  

    At the same time, the estimated usage of cash is expected to decline.

    What does this mean? It means we - the consumer - are swiping our cards again, and more often as time goes on! I suppose you more »

  • 3 Financial Services Companies Riding the Recovery

    By Shweta Dubey - July 28, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, BLK, LAZ

    Financial service companies experience constant change due to new regulation, political uncertainty, and market consolidation. After the financial crisis of 2008, global leaders implemented various regulations like the Financial Stability Board, or FSB. These regulations have brought financial stability to financial institutions across the globe.

    With improving economies around the world, the outlook for the financial industry is also improving. In this article, I have discussed three companies that are more »

  • Consumer Borrowing Is up, Stick to These High-End Players

    By Reuben Brewer - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, TOL

    “Consumer borrowing in the U.S. climbed in May by the most in a year,” according to Bloomberg. Credit cards, school loans, and automobile loans led the list. While increased spending, particularly using debt, is a good sign, rising rates could materially alter this trend. Stick to higher-end players like American Express (NYSE: AXP) and Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL).

    Spending Again

    Americans appear to be spending again. That's a more »

  • Why This Company Will Lead in Mobile Payments

    By Jordan Wathen - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, DFS, EBAY, MA, OUTR

    The markets can punish even the best of companies.

    Last week eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) reported earnings that missed on the top and bottom line. Net income came in at $822 million for the quarter, while revenue missed at just under $3.9 billion. Earlier this year, eBay laid out aggressive forecasts, seeking to enable some $300 billion in online commerce by 2015.

    The auction and payment company noted that its more »

  • Playing an Industry Trend

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AXP, MA, V

    American Express (NYSE: AXP) has rewarded investors over the past four years. However, based on the broader market’s significant rally, this should be expected. It should also be noted that American Express has underperformed MasterCard (NYSE: MA) and Visa (NYSE: V) over the same time frame. Then again, investing is about looking ahead, not forward.

    American Express is different

    MasterCard and Visa rely solely on processed transactions. American Express more »

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