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Should You Buy American Express (AXP) Stock Before It’s Too Late?

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Bretton Fund recently released its Q4 2020 Investor Letter, a copy of which you can download here. The fund posted a return of 11.52% for the quarter, underperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index which returned 12.15% in the same quarter. You should check out Brown Capital Management's top 5 stock picks for investors to buy right now, which could be the biggest winners of 2021.

In the Q4 2020 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and American Express Co (NYSE:AXP) is one of them. American Express Co (NYSE:AXP) is a financial services company. In the last three months, American Express Co (NYSE:AXP) stock gained 15.5% and on March 4th it had a closing price of $142.68. Here is what the fund said:

"American Express has elements of both a bank (it extends credit card loans) and a payments processor (most of its revenue is fees from cardholders and merchants) and was hit pretty hard by Covid-19, though we expect most of the impact will be transitory. It has a relatively diversified customer base overall, but a meaningful portion of its card activity is from business travel, which…there wasn’t a lot of last year. Similar to the banks, American Express recognized loan losses in anticipation of large defaults, though it’s not clear all of that will come to pass. Its stock returned -1.1%, while earnings per share were down 53%."

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Last month, we published an article revealing that American Express Co (NYSE:AXP) was one of the top 10 stock holdings of billionaire Mario Gabelli.

In Q4 2020, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on American Express Co (NYSE:AXP) stock increased by about 25% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers believe in AXP's growth potential. Our calculations showed that American Express Co (NYSE:AXP) isn't ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.

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