AXP - American Express Company

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
127.08
-0.98 (-0.77%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT
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Previous Close128.06
Open128.02
Bid127.29 x 900
Ask127.97 x 1000
Day's Range127.07 - 128.64
52 Week Range89.05 - 129.34
Volume1,874,167
Avg. Volume3,074,048
Market Cap106.122B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.00
PE Ratio (TTM)16.18
EPS (TTM)7.85
Earnings DateJul 19, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.56 (1.22%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-07-03
1y Target Est130.08
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