NYSE:WU - The Western Union Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$18.25 -0.07 (-0.38 %)
(As of 03/22/2019 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$18.32
Today's Range$18.16 - $18.36
52-Week Range$16.42 - $21.37
Volume4.01 million shs
Average Volume5.97 million shs
Market Capitalization$7.96 billion
P/E Ratio9.51
Dividend Yield4.37%
Beta0.9
The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Consumer-to-Consumer and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment facilitates money transfers between two consumers, primarily through a network of third-party agents. This segment offers international cross-border transfers and intra-country transfers, as well as money transfer transactions through Websites and mobile devices. The Business Solutions segment provides payment and foreign exchange solutions, primarily cross-border and cross-currency transactions for small and medium size enterprises, other organizations, and individuals; and foreign currency forward and option contracts. The company also facilitates bill payments from consumers to businesses and other organizations, as well as offers money order and other services. It serves primarily through a network of agents. The Western Union Company was incorporated in 2006 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry Business services, not elsewhere classified
Sub-IndustryData Processing & Outsourced Services
SectorBusiness Services
CUSIP95980210
Phone866-405-5012

Debt

Price-To-Earnings

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$5.59 billion
Cash Flow$2.6071 per share
Book Value($0.70) per share

Profitability

Net Income$851.90 million

Miscellaneous

Employees12,000
Market Cap$7.96 billion
Next Earnings Date5/7/2019 (Estimated)
OptionableOptionable

The Western Union (NYSE:WU) Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Western Union's stock symbol?

The Western Union trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "WU."

How often does The Western Union pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for The Western Union?

The Western Union declared a quarterly dividend on Thursday, February 7th. Stockholders of record on Friday, March 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.20 per share on Friday, March 29th. This represents a $0.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 4.38%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 14th. This is a positive change from The Western Union's previous quarterly dividend of $0.19. View The Western Union's Dividend History.

How will The Western Union's stock buyback program work?

The Western Union declared that its board has initiated a stock buyback plan on Saturday, April 8th 2017, which permits the company to buyback $1,200,000,000.00 in outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization permits the company to buy up to 12.2% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are typically an indication that the company's leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

How were The Western Union's earnings last quarter?

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) issued its earnings results on Thursday, February, 7th. The credit services provider reported $0.49 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.49. The credit services provider earned $1.40 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.44 billion. The Western Union had a net margin of 15.24% and a negative return on equity of 225.33%. The company's revenue was down 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.47 earnings per share. View The Western Union's Earnings History.

When is The Western Union's next earnings date?

The Western Union is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, May 7th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for The Western Union.

What guidance has The Western Union issued on next quarter's earnings?

The Western Union issued an update on its FY19 earnings guidance on Thursday, February, 7th. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $1.83-1.95 for the period, compared to the Thomson Reuters consensus earnings per share estimate of $1.94. The company issued revenue guidance of low single digits (cons +3%), compared to the consensus revenue estimate of $5.77 billion.The Western Union also updated its FY 2019 guidance to $1.83-1.95 EPS.

What price target have analysts set for WU?

5 Wall Street analysts have issued 1-year price targets for The Western Union's shares. Their forecasts range from $18.00 to $21.00. On average, they anticipate The Western Union's share price to reach $19.6667 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 7.8% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for The Western Union.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for The Western Union?

5 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for The Western Union in the last year. There are currently 2 sell ratings and 3 hold ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for The Western Union.

Has The Western Union been receiving favorable news coverage?

Media coverage about WU stock has trended positive on Friday, InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. The Western Union earned a news impact score of 2.2 on InfoTrie's scale. They also gave media headlines about the credit services provider a news buzz of 0.0 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock's share price in the near term.

Are investors shorting The Western Union?

The Western Union saw a increase in short interest in the month of February. As of February 28th, there was short interest totalling 34,249,564 shares, an increase of 11.5% from the February 15th total of 30,726,095 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 5,451,218 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 6.3 days. Currently, 7.9% of the company's stock are short sold. View The Western Union's Current Options Chain.

Who are some of The Western Union's key competitors?

What other stocks do shareholders of The Western Union own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other The Western Union investors own include General Electric (GE), Intel (INTC), Ford Motor (F), Cisco Systems (CSCO), The Coca-Cola (KO), Mcdonald's (MCD), PepsiCo (PEP), Walt Disney (DIS), Wells Fargo & Co (WFC) and Bank of America (BAC).

Who are The Western Union's key executives?

The Western Union's management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. Hikmet Ersek, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 58)
  • Mr. Rajesh K. Agrawal, Exec. VP, CFO & Global Operations (Age 54)
  • Mr. Jean Claude Farah, Exec. VP & Pres of Global Payments (Age 48)
  • Mr. Odilon Almeida, Exec. VP & Pres of Global Money Transfer (Age 58)
  • Amintore T. X. Schenkel, Sr. VP, Chief Accounting Officer & Controller

Who are The Western Union's major shareholders?

The Western Union's stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include BlackRock Inc. (10.48%), FMR LLC (8.99%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (6.33%), Clarkston Capital Partners LLC (2.42%), LSV Asset Management (2.18%) and Geode Capital Management LLC (1.43%). Company insiders that own The Western Union stock include Amintore Schenkel, Caroline Tsai, Jean Claude Farah, John David Thompson, Odilon Almeida, Rajesh K Agrawal, Richard L Williams, Roberto G Mendoza and Sheri Rhodes. View Institutional Ownership Trends for The Western Union.

Which institutional investors are selling The Western Union stock?

WU stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including KBC Group NV, Bank of New York Mellon Corp, O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC, Two Sigma Advisers LP, Millennium Management LLC, Alps Advisors Inc., LSV Asset Management and Raymond James & Associates. Company insiders that have sold The Western Union company stock in the last year include Caroline Tsai, Odilon Almeida, Rajesh K Agrawal, Richard L Williams, Roberto G Mendoza and Sheri Rhodes. View Insider Buying and Selling for The Western Union.

Which institutional investors are buying The Western Union stock?

WU stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Norges Bank, BlackRock Inc., D. E. Shaw & Co. Inc., Investec Asset Management LTD, APG Asset Management N.V., Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and California Public Employees Retirement System. View Insider Buying and Selling for The Western Union.

How do I buy shares of The Western Union?

Shares of WU can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is The Western Union's stock price today?

One share of WU stock can currently be purchased for approximately $18.25.

How big of a company is The Western Union?

The Western Union has a market capitalization of $7.96 billion and generates $5.59 billion in revenue each year. The credit services provider earns $851.90 million in net income (profit) each year or $1.92 on an earnings per share basis. The Western Union employs 12,000 workers across the globe.

What is The Western Union's official website?

The official website for The Western Union is http://www.westernunion.com.

How can I contact The Western Union?

The Western Union's mailing address is 7001 EAST BELLEVIEW AVENUE, DENVER CO, 80237. The credit services provider can be reached via phone at 866-405-5012 or via email at [email protected]


MarketBeat Community Rating for The Western Union (NYSE WU)

Community Ranking:  2.0 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  439 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  681 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,120
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about The Western Union and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe WU will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe WU will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 3/22/2019 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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