American Express Shares Advance As Earnings and Sales Fall Less Than Expected

Share of American Express Co’s jumped 2.5 percent after the bell on Wednesday as the credit-card company reported first-quarter earnings and sales above analyst expectations.

American Express posted a first-quarter net income of $1.2 billion, or $1.34 a share. This was a decline compared with $1.4 billion, or $1.45 a share, in the year-ago quarter but was still beat market’s forecast for earnings of $1.28 per share.

Sales were also down from a year ago but fell less than expected. The company reported sales dropped 2 percent to $7.9 billion in the first quarter of 2017 from $8.1 billion a year earlier. Economists had expected sales to plunge to $7.7 billion.

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