The Western Union Company (WU) Review – Making Smarter Decisions

878 institutions hold shares in The Western Union Company (WU), with 2.13M shares held by insiders accounting for 0.52% while institutional investors hold 106.87% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 411.70M, and float is at 409.06M with Short Float at 7.88%. Institutions hold 106.32% of the Float.

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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Blackrock Inc. with over 48.87 million shares valued at $1.07 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 11.91% of the WU Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with 47.79 million shares valued at $1.05 billion to account for 11.65% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Capital Research Global Investors which holds 32.98 million shares representing 8.04% and valued at over $723.56 million, while State Street Corporation holds 5.44% of the shares totaling 22.31 million with a market value of $489.56 million.

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is 15.18% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $17.56 and a high of $25.73 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The WU stock was last observed hovering at around $25.12 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.15% off its average median price target of $25.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 21.03% off the consensus price target high of $32.00 offered by 22 analysts, but current levels are -26.35% lower than the price target low of $20.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $25.27, the stock is 1.83% and 5.39% above its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 2.84 million and changing 0.60% at the moment leaves the stock 11.71% off its SMA200. WU registered 31.48% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 17.64%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $24.33 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $22.56.

The stock witnessed a 0.64% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 14.34%, and is 1.73% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 1.83% over the week and 2.09% over the month.

The Western Union Company (WU) has around 11000 employees, a market worth around $10.18B and $4.83B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 14.09 and Fwd P/E is 11.03. Profit margin for the company is 15.40%. Distance from 52-week low is 43.95% and -1.79% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (26.30%).

The Western Union Company (WU) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for The Western Union Company (WU) is a “Hold”. 22 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.90, where 13 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 4 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 5 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

The Western Union Company is expected to release its quarterly report on 08/05/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at $0.46 with sales reaching $1.2B over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -27.00% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 5.60% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 0.80% in year-over-year returns.

The Western Union Company (WU) Insider Activity

A total of 66 insider transactions have happened at The Western Union Company (WU) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 36 and purchases happening 30 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Tsai Caroline, the company’s Chief Legal Officer/Secretary. SEC filings show that Tsai Caroline sold 7,164 shares of the company’s common stock on Mar 18 at a price of $24.85 per share for a total of $0.18 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 80562.0 shares.

The Western Union Company disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Mar 11 that Molnar Jacqueline D (Chief Transformation Officer) sold a total of 1,003 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Mar 11 and was made at $24.67 per share for $24744.0. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 70923.0 shares of the WU stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Mar 08, Williams Richard L (Chief People Officer) disposed off 10,000 shares at an average price of $25.00 for $0.25 million. The insider now directly holds 142,115 shares of The Western Union Company (WU).

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The Western Union Company (WU): Who are the competitors?

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include Global Payments Inc. (GPN) that is trading 45.87% up over the past 12 months and WEX Inc. (WEX) that is 109.58% higher over the same period. Fidelity National Information Services Inc. (FIS) is 19.40% up on the 1-year trading charts. Short interest in the company’s stock has fallen -3.04% from the last report on Mar 14, 2021 to stand at a total of 32.22 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 6.83.

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