American Express valuation fairly reflects growth profile, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Jason Deleeuw expects shares of American Express to rally today given the accelerated Q1 revenue growth, "better-than-feared" provision expense and 2018 outlook raise. The year-over-year comparisons get more difficult going forward, but American Express has strong momentum across its business, Deleeuw tells investors in a post-earnings research note. However, the analyst believes the stock's valuation fairly reflects his expectation for a low-teens earnings growth profile with potential upside limited by higher provisioning expense and a competitive card environment. He lowered his price target for the shares to $116 from $122 and keeps a Neutral rating on American Express.