4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: American Express

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, credit card giant American Express (NYS: AXP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at American Express' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

American Express facts

Headquarters (Founded)New York (1850)
Market Cap$55.8 billion
IndustryCredit services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$28.8 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO Kenneth Chenault
CFO Daniel Henry
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)22.0%
Dividend Yield1.5%
CompetitorsDiscover Financial (NYS: DFS)
MasterCard (NYS: MA)
Visa (NYS: V)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 90% of the 2,932 members who have rated American Express believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Chemdawg, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and XCS.

Earlier this fall, Chemdawg tapped American Express as an affluent income opportunity: "the rich get richer ... and they all use [American Express]. low default rate and the best dividend in the card market."

In fact, American Express currently sports a decent dividend yield of 1.6%. That's higher than that of competitors Discover (1.0%), MasterCard (0.2%), and Visa (0.9%).

CAPS member XCS expands on the American Express outperform argument:

Historically, the credit choice for most well-heeled consumers -- who are coincidentally the same consumers not as hard hit by the soft economy. As economic outlook brightens, look for [American Express] to expand beyond solid fundamentals to capture additional market share of consumers who harbor negative recession-era feelings about Visa card issuers and bailout banks.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended writing a covered strangle position in American Express and buying shares of Visa. The Fool owns shares of MasterCard. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 daysWe Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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