AXP : Analysis & Opinions

  1. #PreMarket Primer: Tuesday, March 11: BOJ Continues With Stimulus ...

    March 11, 2014
    The Bank of Japan elected to continue with its massive monetary stimulus at Tuesday’s policy meeting, nothing that the region’s ...
  2. Bull of the Day: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) - Bull of the Day

    October 7, 2013
    Bull of the Day: Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) - Bull of the Day
  3. Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold

    August 15, 2013
    Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), is currently worth about $44 billion, according to Forbes' ...
  4. Earnings Expectations for the Week of July 15

    July 14, 2013
    The earnings season ramps up this week, providing plenty of perspective on how the financial and technology sectors fared ...
  5. Dow Yields: A Potential Problem for Dividend ETFs

    June 26, 2013
    Yields on 10-year U.S. Treasurys jumped to 2.59 percent on Tuesday. That means 165, or a third of the S&P 500 constituents ...
  6. UBS Quits Indian Operations - Analyst Blog

    June 24, 2013
    Recently, UBS AG (UBS) surrendered its banking license in India.
  7. Buffett And Goldman Sachs Do Sweetheart Deal

    March 27, 2013
    Goldman Sachs announced March 26 that it will issue to Berkshire Hathaway in October the number of shares equal to Warren ...
  8. Why Warren Buffett Hates Gold

    February 1, 2013
    Warren Buffett, the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A), is currently worth about $44 billion, according to Forbes' list ...
  9. MasterCard-KeyBank Tie Knot - Analyst Blog

    January 29, 2013
    MasterCard Inc. (MA) announced a strategic alliance with US-based bank-related financial company - KeyCorp's (KEY) KeyBank ...
  10. SAP Beats 4Q Estimates - Analyst Blog

    January 23, 2013
    SAP (SAP) reported fourth quarter and full year 2012 results. Earnings per share for the quarter were €1.14 ($1.47), up 7. ...
  11. Retracements and Moving Averages as Strategic Signals - Screen ...

    November 27, 2012
    Prior to last week's 3.6% bounce in the market (S&P 500), it had been down -8.9% from the highs on 9/14/12 to the lows on ...
  12. Stock Market News for October 18, 2012 - Market News

    October 18, 2012
    Benchmarks closed in the green yesterday propelled by better-than-expected housing data. This was the third-consecutive trading ...
  13. Taking Stock of the Q3 Earnings season - Analyst Blog

    October 17, 2012
    Less than impressive earnings results from Intel (INTC), IBM (IBM), and CSX Corp. (CSX) after the close cap a busy earnings ...
  14. JPMorgan Still Cheap, But Never Easy

    October 16, 2012
    JPMorgan continues to deliver solid results in a difficult environment. With a solid dividend, prospects for share buybacks ...
  15. Stock Market News for October 5, 2012 - Market News

    October 5, 2012
    A lower-than-expected increase in initial claims coupled with encouraging same store sale numbers from bellwether retailers ...
  16. Groupon Kicks Off Mobile Payments - Analyst Blog

    September 21, 2012
    Groupon Inc. (GRPN) recently announced its entry into the mobile payments market with the launch of Groupon Payments - a ...
  17. Stock Market News for September 14, 2012 - Market News

    September 14, 2012
    The Fed finally announced additional economic measures and benchmarks soared to touch new multi-year highs on Thursday. The ...
  18. American and More Big Movers in Financial on September 5, 2012

    September 5, 2012
    It's been a good morning for the market. The Nasdaq has risen 0.2%; the S&P 500 is up 0.2%; and the Dow has climbed 0.3%. ...
  19. Upcoming Technology Events You Should Know This Week

    August 28, 2012
    This week will see the release of results from only a couple technology firms, though one should lend solid insight into ...
  20. Stock Market News for July 27, 2012 - Market News

    July 27, 2012
    Pledge by the European Central Bank President to "do whatever it takes" to defend the euro sparked off a sharp rally in the ...
  21. The 3 Weakest Dow Stocks

    July 24, 2012
    The short-term weakness in the market internals and the Dow Transportation Average last week warned of a correction, and ...
  22. Stock Market News for July 16, 2012 - Market News

    July 16, 2012
    Markets finally snapped their six day losing streak on Friday after better-than-expected quarterly figures from financial ...
  23. Stock Market News for July 2, 2012 - Market News

    July 2, 2012
    Markets jumped to post record gains on Friday after the European Union summit reached a "breakthrough" deal promising to ...
  24. Waiting For A Better Price On Wright Express

    June 27, 2012
    Wright Express does well by many metrics, but its valuation is not very attractive.
  25. Stock Market News for June 20, 2012 - Market News

    June 20, 2012
    With the commencement of the Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meeting, investors were once again hopeful about fresh ...
  26. Stock Market News for June 18, 2012 - Market News

    June 18, 2012
    Markets enjoyed back-to-back gains as hopes of coordinated action by central banks boosted investor sentiment all through ...
  27. Global Payments Worth The Risk

    June 14, 2012
    There is considerable upside potential to Global Payment's share price, as card-based payments continue to grow rapidly.
  28. Usual Suspects Plagued By Jobs Report

    June 4, 2012
    To this point, May has been the worst month of 2012 for U.S. stocks, but the first day of June now has the dubious honor ...
  29. Stock Market News for May 2, 2012 - Market News

    May 2, 2012
    Stock Market News for May 2, 2012 - Market News
  30. Green Dot Flashing Yellow

    April 30, 2012
    On the whole, Green Dot's first quarter numbers looked reasonably good. Green Dot has the growth, but Wall Street isn't buying ...
  31. 4 Blue Chips Leading Further Gains

    April 25, 2012
    The potential remains strong for large, US-based companies, says TAMRO Capital CEO Philip Tasho. In particular, he cites ...
  32. eBay Beats Earnings Estimates

    April 19, 2012
    eBay had help from Pay-Pay.
  33. Credit Card Stocks Are Charging Higher

    April 3, 2012
    Credit card debt is just an unfortunate fact of life for many Americans, but the savvy among us know that revenge can be ...
  34. 3 Large Caps Wasting Shareholder Money

    March 16, 2012
    PPG Industries, American Express and JPMorgan Chase are three companies that are wasting the money of its investors.
  35. Green Dot Making Investors A Little Green

    March 15, 2012
    Green Dot has a leading position in a growth market, but competition is coming hard.
  36. 2 Stocks Firmly Planted in the Clouds

    March 2, 2012
    If you're just wrapping your mind around the first examples of cloud computing, you better hurry up, because round No. 2 ...
  37. 5 Stocks To Analyze Before Thursday

    January 16, 2012
    Here are five companies that will be releasing their earnings on January 19th.
  38. Discover Still A Little Underappreciated

    December 19, 2011
    Discover has more risk than some, but its valuation is appealing.
  39. 8 Financial Stocks To Consider Before Wednesday

    October 18, 2011
    Here are eight companies that will be releasing their earnings on October 19.
  40. Can Capital One Get Real Value From ING Direct?

    June 22, 2011
    Capital One is making a high-risk, high-reward play by taking on ING Direct.
  41. MasterCard Continues Charging Forward

    May 11, 2011
    The only thing not to like about MasterCard is its valuation.
  42. April's Dow 30 Winners and Losers

    May 2, 2011
    See the best and worst performing DJIA stocks from April 2011!
  43. 4 Big Earnings Announcements For April 20

    April 19, 2011
    Earnings reports are especially important events for the biggest names on Wall Street. Here are four earnings announcements ...
  44. Discover: A Cleaner Play On The Consumer Recovery

    March 24, 2011
    Discover's improving credit quality is providing a big lift to earnings.
  45. 4 Stocks That Billionaires Are Selling

    February 18, 2011
    Find out what legendary investors like Buffett, Soros and Icahn are dumping from their portfolios.
  46. JPMorgan Chase Returns To 2006

    January 17, 2011
    Investing in JPMorgan Chase is a relatively safe way to gain exposure to the financial services industry as it recovers from ...
  47. Feds Nickel And Dime The System

    December 21, 2010
    A proposal to chop interchange fees could lead to a wide range of unintended consequences.
  48. Emulate Buffett For Fun And Profit - Mostly Profit

    December 14, 2010
    We take a peek at some of Berkshire Hathaway's top holdings to see what Warren Buffett sees.
  49. November’s Best And Worst Performing Dow 30 Components

    December 1, 2010
    The performance of these Dow 30 stocks was far off market averages.
  50. Brazilian Banking Prosperity

    November 9, 2010
    razil is on track to keep its economy intact and both Banco Bradesco and Banco Itau stand ready to benefit from the resurgence.
  51. Discover Shows A Better Credit Environment

    September 22, 2010
    Discover is seeing a solid recovery in transactions and charge-offs.
  52. Paradigm Shift For Plastic?

    September 14, 2010
    Analyst ratings were lowered on some credit card issuers' stocks, as consumers use has changed to favor debit cards.
  53. Wal-Mart's Sort Of Foray Into Banking

    July 12, 2010
    Wal-Mart's move into banking is not nearly so revolutionary as it sounds.
  54. Value Picks Abound

    June 2, 2010
    The market slide is a boon to value investors wanting to buy into some big names.
  55. Dow's Biggest Losers When It Tanked

    May 10, 2010
    On Thursday, May 6, the Dow tanked 1,000 points before pushing its way back up.
  56. Value Investing The Fenimore Way

    May 5, 2010
    Fenimore Asset Management is one of the better value investors in the business. We'll look at their top 10 holdings.
  57. Buffett's Seal Of Approval

    May 5, 2010
    Buffett's defense of Goldman won't go unnoticed by investors.
  58. Do As Buffett Does - Not As He Says

    April 9, 2010
    Warren Buffett sometimes breaks his own rules, but that's part of the reason for his success.
  59. Discover Reserves An Earnings Miss

    March 18, 2010
    Discover took a loan loss provision which contributed to a losing net income and an earnings miss in the quarter just reported.
  60. Brookfield Properties Understands Value Creation

    March 18, 2010
    Over the years, Brookfield Properties has demonstrated a strict discipline to opportunistic buying during down markets.
  61. Berkshire Hathaway For The Next Decade

    January 5, 2010
    At the current price, Berkshire shares look set for another market-beating decade.
  62. Can UPS Deliver?

    October 21, 2009
    The delivery business may spike during the holidays, but it is still a bit too expensive.
  63. Alternatives To Jarden

    September 29, 2009
    Consumer goods company Jarden's stock is up over 160% YTD, despite a LTD/Equity ratio of 150%.
  64. Government Bank Bailouts Paying Off

    September 2, 2009
    The Capital Purchase Plan was ridiculed as a bailout, but it just might turn out to be a great investment for the taxpayer.
  65. Considering ETF Diversification

    September 1, 2009
    We take a look at some ETFs, and see that you can ease investors fears by going with the large players.
  66. A Quiet Quarter For Berkowitz's Fairholme

    August 19, 2009
    During the second quarter of 2009, Fairholme’s quarterly 13F filing showed a relatively quiet quarter for Fairholme.
  67. Analyzing The Analysts

    August 12, 2009
    Here's a look at two upgrades, two downgrades and one initiation. Are the analysts on track?
  68. Stocks Providing Value And Growth

    August 3, 2009
    Value and growth are usually considered opposites in the investing world. Well, here's some stocks that may boast both.
  69. Kraft Insiders Gobble Up Stock

    July 15, 2009
    This stock has the potential to do really well thanks to its well-known brands. Insiders agree.
  70. The Race To Escape The TARP

    June 9, 2009
    Banks must demonstrate they can raise money from private investors without government assistance before they will be allowed ...
  71. The SCAP Hammer Falls

    May 11, 2009
    The Supervisory Capital Assessment Program results show a manageable need for capital, and even more importantly, may calm ...
  72. April's Surprising Large Cap Winners

    May 4, 2009
    April large cap winners were from sectors that everyone considered dead, rewarding patient investors who listened to reason ...
  73. 5 Companies That Act As Economic Indicators

    April 30, 2009
    Reviewing several companies' earnings reports and management commentary, which indicate economic trends.
  74. Don't Worry, Banks Will Survive Credit Card Reform

    April 28, 2009
    Grumbling by megabank CEOs about President Obama's credit card reform plan is unfounded. It's just a big deal to the consumers ...
  75. Insiders Bank On The Financials

    April 27, 2009
    Insider buying in the financial sector may indicate a turnaround in the econemy in the short-term future.
  76. Companies To Watch To Track The Economy

    April 22, 2009
    Certain companies provide insight into economic trends, and investors should watch these for clues to the economy's direction.
  77. Leaders Of The Dow

    April 20, 2009
    Take a look at some of the Dow's leaders to gain some insight into building a diversified basket of core holdings.
  78. Is It Time To Hop Back On The Hog?

    April 17, 2009
    This piece touches on stocks with insider buying and hones in on Harley-Davidson.
  79. Different Shades of Banking Profits

    April 16, 2009
    How in the world did Wells and Goldman pull off profitable quarters when the financial sky is falling?
  80. Insiders Cruising For Royal Caribbean Stocks

    March 10, 2009
    This cruise line's recent insider buys make it a company worth further consideration.
  81. Five Large-Cap February Flops

    March 4, 2009
    Will selling your stock now save you from future floundering, or can you stomach the flops as they come?
  82. Dark Horse Candidates To Enter The Dow

    March 4, 2009
    The DJIA is sure to be rebalanced over the next year as some members teeter on bankruptcy or face falling from the index.
  83. Dividend Darlings For February 25

    February 25, 2009
    Companies with a high forward dividend yield could provide a smile at least four times a year.
  84. Investing Abroad: Five Non-American Companies

    February 16, 2009
    A look at five international stocks to diversify your portfolio beyond borders.
  85. 5 Low P/E Stock Picks For January

    January 5, 2009
    Stock with low P/E ratios are not a sure thing, but this metric can point you in the right direction.
  86. Banking On Bailout Bucks

    December 11, 2008
    With American Express and GM seeking bank (and bailout) status, who will be next?
  87. CAT Leading The Bounce

    October 9, 2008
    When fundamentals can't be trusted, demand from home and abroad could be the substitute. Caterpillar is a demand growth leader.
  88. Capital One: Debt's In Your Wallet?

    October 8, 2008
    Capital One offers attractive valuations, but charge-offs and delinquencies are on the rise.
  89. Losses Mount For Discover Financial Services

    September 29, 2008
    Higher credit losses cut into Discover's earnings. Learn why investors should expect the losses to continue.
  90. The Best Of Buffett For August 19

    August 19, 2008
    We peek into Berkshire Hathaway's top holdings to see what Warren Buffett sees. This week's pick is perennial favorite Coca-Cola.
  91. The S&P 500 All Rookie Team

    July 24, 2008
    MasterCard, AK Steel and several other well-known names are the latest stocks to crack the S&P 500 lineup. Learn what they ...
  92. Do Earnings Really Stink That Bad?

    July 24, 2008
    A horde of companies missed their earnings estimates this week, but perhaps Wall Street's greed-fueled expectations are to ...
  93. Potential Home Run Stocks For July 9

    July 9, 2008
    There a few things sweeter for an investor than a home run stock pick. Here's five stocks that might be worth taking a swing ...
  94. How To Spot A Home Run Stock

    June 23, 2008
    Every investor dreams of a hitting one out of the park. We pitch five potential homers your way.
  95. MasterCard's Q1 Results: Priceless

    April 29, 2008
    Despite a weakening economy, MasterCard users kept swiping, propelling the company to estimate-beating earnings.
  96. Beat Buffett At His Own Game

    February 21, 2008
    Mirroring Buffett's investment methodology, instead of his straight picks, could produce better returns than the coattail ...
  97. GE's Strength In Uncertain Times (GE)

    January 22, 2008
    The gentle giant reported strong Q4 profits that showed the resilience of its diversified business model.
  98. Green Investing: ETFs vs. Individual Stocks

    November 13, 2007
    Discover which strategy suits your style: the safety of ETFs, or the volatile, yet possibly explosive returns of individual ...
  99. Cashless Is King (AXP, MA)

    October 2, 2007
    Despite the prospects of a spending slowdown, credit card companies could still see healthy profit growth over the next few ...
  100. The Burden Of Success (BRK.A, BRK.B)

    October 18, 2006
    Berkshire Hathaway’s past investing successes may make future successes more difficult to come by.
  101. USG Corp. Constructs A Profitable Future (USG)

    August 24, 2006
    USG Corp. settles its protracted litigation costs, and is ready to move forward.
  102. More Than Wal-Mart Savings & Loan

    February 22, 2006
    A look inside Wal-Mart's financial services foray and what it means for investors.
  103. A+ or F? What Makes for a Good Value Stock Pick...

    January 17, 2006
    Trading near 20-year lows, is Ford a good value stock pick?
  104. The Only Sector That Matters - Part 1

    October 12, 2005
    Sectors? What sectors? In this must-read piece Investopedia Advisor contributing editor David Harper argues, at times, conventional ...
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