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

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is -22.15% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $10.07 and a high of $19.97 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The WU stock was last observed hovering at around $10.77 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -0.05% off its average median price target of $14.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 40.44% off the consensus price target high of $18.00 offered by 21 analysts, but current levels are -7.2% lower than the price target low of $10.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $10.72, the stock is -14.35% and -20.69% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 16.06 million and changing -0.46% at the moment leaves the stock -27.02% off its SMA200. WU registered -38.85% loss for a year compared to 6-month loss of -26.02%.

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The stock witnessed a -23.97% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -24.19%, and is -5.55% down 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 5.82% over the week and 3.27% over the month.

The Western Union Company (WU) has around 8900 employees, a market worth around $4.09B and $4.48B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 4.58 and Fwd P/E is 6.53. Profit margin for the company is 20.30%. Distance from 52-week low is 6.45% and -46.32% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (33.50%).

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 “Underweight”. 21 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 3.40, where 11 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 1 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 8 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

The Western Union Company is expected to release its quarterly report on 05/02/2023.The EPS is expected to grow by 19.00% this year

The Western Union Company (WU) Top Institutional Holders

The shares outstanding are 382.40M, and float is at 370.55M with Short Float at 10.14%.

The Western Union Company (WU) Insider Activity

A total of 11 insider transactions have happened at The Western Union Company (WU) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 10 and purchases happening 1 times. The most recent transaction is an insider purchase by JOERRES JEFFREY A, the company’s Non-Executive Chairman. SEC filings show that JOERRES JEFFREY A bought 7,745 shares of the company’s common stock on Nov 07 at a price of $12.84 per share for a total of $99463.0. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 0.17 million shares.

The Western Union Company disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on May 05 that Cebollero David (Interim Chief Legal Officer) sold a total of 587 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on May 05 and was made at $17.40 per share for $10214.0. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 14221.0 shares of the WU stock.

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

The company’s main competitors (and peers) include PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) that is -25.99% lower over the past 12 months.

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