The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which analyst John Reeves and advisor David Meier discuss topics across the investing world.

Over the next couple of weeks, John and David will be revisiting some calls they made on individual stocks of the Dow. Today, they take a closer look at American Express. This company is up a truly remarkable 22% so far in 2012 compared with just 3% for the Dow as whole. That's a pretty solid return, especially given the economic weakness out there right now. David's call -- that AmEx will outperform the market over the long term -- is right on target. American Express operates in a very competitive space, but it's a proven business that also happens to be a favorite of Warren Buffett.

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