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 (NYSE:AXP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

American Express facts

Headquarters (founded)

New York (1850)

Market Cap

$64.0 billion


Consumer finance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$29.4 billion


Chairman/CEO Kenneth Chenault
CFO Daniel Henry

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$25.0 billion / $60.0 billion

Dividend Yield



Discover Financial

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

On CAPS, 90% of the 3,001 members who have rated American Express believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star Chemdawg, succinctly summed up the American Express bull case for our community:

[Among the lowest P/E] of any card out there and the highest [dividend yield] ... and who uses paper when they have access to plastic? Swipe fees may have been lowered, but in reality this is still one of the most profitable business models around ... without the downside of dealing with the customer accounts.

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