Shares of American Express Co. surged 2.1% premarket after the credit card and travel services company reported a third-quarter profit and revenue that rose above expectations, citing higher card member spending, net interest income and card fees. Net income rose to $1.76 billion, or $2.08 a share, from $1.65 billion, or $1.88 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share of $2.08 topped the FactSet consensus of $2.03. Revenue increased 8% to $10.99 billion, above the FactSet consensus of $10.94 billion. Within the company’s business segments, consumer services revenue rose 11% to $5.4 billion, commercial services grew 7% to $3.4 billion and merchant and network services revenue increased 5% to $1.7 billion.
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