Here is some information that may be usful in helping you make an informed decision between these two stocks. AXP is ranked 11/27 with MWD ranked 12/27 in this industry. Revenues for the trailing 9 mos period for AXP is up 8% and MWD was up 21%. The dividend yield is 1.04 for AXP and 1.30 for MWD. Sales for MWD 23.9bil, net income 2.23bil; AXP had sales of 17.8bil and net income of 2.09bil. Both stocks have the identical average broker recommendation of 1.6 (1= buy-5= sell). I feel one big advantage MWD has is their recent announcement of a $3bil stock buyback program which has already incresaed shareholder value as indicated by the stock appreciation of the past few days. It's a tough call but being a long time holder of MWD I feel this to be a superior investment. Hope this helps. Good luck on what ever decision you make!