AXP - American Express Company

NYSE - Nasdaq Real Time Price. Currency in USD
114.15
+0.63 (+0.55%)
As of 10:09AM EDT. Market open.
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Previous Close113.52
Open112.71
Bid114.17 x 1100
Ask114.23 x 800
Day's Range113.61 - 114.23
52 Week Range89.05 - 114.55
Volume302,247
Avg. Volume3,878,071
Market Cap95.743B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.10
PE Ratio (TTM)14.43
EPS (TTM)7.91
Earnings DateApr 16, 2019 - Apr 22, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.56 (1.37%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-04-04
1y Target Est117.61
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