The Western Union (WU) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

Headlines about The Western Union (NYSE:WU) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. The Western Union earned a daily sentiment score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.5749988340523 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

The Western Union (NYSE:WU) traded down $0.06 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $21.12. The stock had a trading volume of 3,665,200 shares, compared to its average volume of 6,140,000. The Western Union has a fifty-two week low of $18.39 and a fifty-two week high of $22.25. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.98, a current ratio of 1.00 and a quick ratio of 1.00. The company has a market cap of $9,700.00, a PE ratio of 45.91, a PEG ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 1.00.

The Western Union (NYSE:WU) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The credit services provider reported $0.53 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $1.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.39 billion. The Western Union had a return on equity of 137.89% and a net margin of 16.77%. The Western Union’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.46 EPS. equities analysts anticipate that The Western Union will post 1.83 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Shareholders of record on Monday, December 18th were paid a $0.175 dividend. This represents a $0.70 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.31%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 15th. The Western Union’s payout ratio is 152.17%.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on WU shares. ValuEngine raised The Western Union from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered The Western Union from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 5th. Jefferies Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 target price on shares of The Western Union in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Mizuho restated a “sell” rating and issued a $16.00 target price on shares of The Western Union in a research note on Sunday, October 15th. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on The Western Union from $18.00 to $19.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The Western Union has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.59.

In other news, insider Amintore Schenkel sold 15,600 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.99, for a total transaction of $343,044.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 93,694 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,060,331.06. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Jean Claude Farah sold 17,518 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.50, for a total value of $359,119.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 139,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,859,750. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 83,931 shares of company stock worth $1,794,643 in the last 90 days. Company insiders own 1.10% of the company’s stock.

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About The Western Union

The Western Union Company (Western Union) is a provider of money movement and payment services. The Company operates through three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business and Business Solutions. The Company’s Consumer-to-Consumer segment facilitates money transfers between two consumers, primarily through a network of third-party agents.

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