November 9, 2018 / 8:30 PM / 9 days ago

Daniel Loeb's Third Point takes stake in American Express

(Reuters) - Activist investor Daniel Loeb’s Third Point LLC on Friday disclosed a new position in American Express Co (AXP.N), saying the market under-appreciates the strategic pivot of the company.

The hedge fund said it sees the company’s shares trading above $135 over the next 18 months. The company’s stock was at $108.06 in afternoon trading.

Third Point, in its quarterly investor letter here, did not disclose the size of the stake in the company.

AmEx’s new chief executive officer, Stephen Squeri, is re-energizing the company by focusing on growth and opportunities in commercial and international units that will likely lead to more double-digit earnings growth, the hedge fund said.

Third Point said AmEx has a significant opportunity to sustain revenue growth, as it prioritizes investments that drive customer acquisition, card acceptance and higher average spend.

Reporting by Soundarya J in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel

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