Credit card company American Express Co.'s (AXP: Quote) shares could "at least double" over the next year or two, media reported Monday citing Barron's cover story in its April 13 edition. The company reportedly has lots of liquidity and a less risky business model than its competitors.
American Express, unlike its peers Citigroup (C: Quote), Bank of America (BAC: Quote) and J.P. Morgan (JPM: Quote), gets most of its revenue and earnings from fee income generated by transactions. The company's charge cards comprise a substantial share of volume and therefore include less credit risk, Barron's said.
However, the company reportedly faces challenges along with the grim outlook for home prices and employment. Some investors are concerned about the sudden surge in the company's delinquencies and loan charge-offs, far more severe than its rivals. In February, American Express' charge-offs were 9.31% compared with an industry average of 7.76%.
AXP closed Friday's trading at $18.83, up $3.11, on a volume of 39.54 million shares.
by RTT Staff Writer
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