American Express (AXP) — This investment-grade global credit card and travel-related services company broke from a five-month consolidation on heavy volume Thursday.
Following the close Wednesday, the company reported third-quarter earnings of $1.25 per share, surpassing consensus estimates of $1.22, and up 15% from $1.09 in 2012. S&P’s 12-month target for the stock is $96.
Technically, AXP executed a high-volume breakaway gap from a quadruple-top, and MACD flashed a buy signal. This combination should result in a trading target of $86. And it is likely that long-term investors will see the stock hit S&P’s 12-month target of $96.