American Express Co. operates as a global services company, which engages in the provision of credit card, financial, and global travel services. It operates through the following business segments: U.S. Card Services, International Card Services, Global Commercial Services, Global Network & Merchant Services, and Corporate & Other. The USCS segment offers products and services to consumers and small businesses in the United States and provides travel services to card members and other customers. The ICS segment provides proprietary consumer and small business cards outside the United States. The GCS segment includes global corporate payment services to large and mid-sized companies. The GNMS segment operates a global payments network that processes and settles proprietary and non-proprietary card transactions. It also provides point-of-sale products, multi-channel marketing programs and capabilities, services and data, leveraging the global closed-loop network. The Corporate & Other segment includes corporate functions and certain other businesses including the company's enterprise growth business and other company operations. The company was founded by Henry Wells, William G. Fargo and John Warren Butterfield on March 28, 1850 and is headquartered in New York, NY.
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Warren Buffett published his 2012 Letter to Shareholders late last month. In it he announced Berkshire’s intention to increase its ownership of American Express (AXP), Coca-Cola (KO), IBM (IBM) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Skaffold has rated American Express B4 since 2010, Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) A2 since 2011 and IBM A3 for the past two years. Coca Cola (KO) recently fell from B2 to B4 based on its latest financial results. What about Berkshire itself? The stock price recently hit a new high of more than $155,100. According to Skaffold, the intrinsic value of BRK.A is around $67,000.