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American Express
American Express
Top 50 rank: 16
Rank in Consumer Credit Card and Related Services: 2
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.38
Ticker: AXP
Why it's admired:
Americans are using plastic again, which means things are looking up for American Express. The company's net income in the fourth quarter increased 12% to $1.2 billion from the same period a year ago.

Much of that increase, the company said, came from cardmembers spending more. This February, the company reported that fewer customers defaulted in January than in the December -- another good sign. CEO Kenneth Chenault feels poised to face 2012. In the fourth quarter earnings report, he said, "A network based on service, relationships, data and market insights is a tremendous asset for a digital age when the boundaries between online and offline commerce are being quickly redefined."
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American Express stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 3
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 3
Long-term investment 3
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 3
Most Admired
1 Visa 7.46
2 American Express 7.38
3 MasterCard 7.22
4 Capital One Financial 6.13
5 Discover Financial Services 5.91
6 Global Payments 5.53
Rank Company Overall score
7 Western Union 5.51
8 Total System Services 5.43
9 Heartland Payment Systems 5.33
10 Alliance Data Systems 5.32
11 First Data 4.23
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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