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July 1, 2014
08:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports $900M capital infusion to Global Business Travel jv
Following the announcement that the joint venture for American Express Global Business Travel has been completed, the company announced new members of its executive team. In addition to the previous appointments of Greg O’Hara as Chairman of the Board and Bill Glenn as President and CEO, GBT has named Pat Bourke as Chief Administrative Officer, Norma Corio as CFO, and JoAnne Kruse as Chief Human Resources Officer. “With the creation of the joint venture and the infusion of $900 million of capital from our investors, we now have even greater resources that the marketplace requires to not only stay ahead of the curve, but to create the curve. For American Express Global Business Travel, technology is an area of investment, expertise and innovation, meeting the needs of the traveler and also offering control and transparency to the travel manager or meeting professional,” said Bill Glenn.
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May 19, 2015
07:32 EDTAXPPacific Crest shifts preference to MasterCard, upgrades to buy
Pacific Crest analyst Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard (MA) from Visa (V) and upgraded the stock to Overweight from Sector Weight. Beck believes interchange legislation in Europe may have an unintended consequence of benefiting global open-loop payment networks, favoring both MasterCard and Visa. The changes are also positive for eBay's (EBAY) PayPal and mixed for American Express (AXP), Beck tells investors today in a research note. He points out his preference for MasterCard relative to Visa follows the latter company's outperformance over the past year. Beck has a $110 price target for MasterCard shares. The stock closed yesterday down 14c to $93.08.
May 18, 2015
12:09 EDTAXPAmerican Express management to meet with Guggenheim
Meeting to be held in New York on May 20 hosted by Guggenheim.
07:46 EDTAXPAmerican Express has $850M revenue opportunity with Plenti, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank estimates the coalition loyalty/rewards program Plenti represents a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity for American Express (AXP) over the next 3-5 years. Earnings accretion will take time, but returns on equity are likely "very high," Deutsche says in a research note. The firm believes Plenti is an example of how Amex is leveraging its strengths to mitigate the loss of Costco (COST). It thinks Plenti's next program supplier needs to be a grocery chain, and pegs Whole Foods (WFM) as a good candidate. Deutsche keeps a Buy rating on American Express with a $90 price target.
May 15, 2015
12:03 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports April net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.5% last month
Reports April 30 days past due loans 0.9% vs. 1.0% last month.

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