During the recent session, The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU)’s traded shares were 1,928,290, with the beta value of the company hitting 1.01. At the last check, the stock’s price was $25.23, reflecting an intraday loss of -0.18% or -$0.04. The 52-week high for the WU share is $25.73, that puts it down -1.98% from that peak though still a striking +30.4% gain since the share price plummeted to a 52-week low of $17.56. The company’s market capitalization is $10.35 Billion, and the average intraday trading volume over the past 10 days was 4.29 Million shares, and the average trade volume was 4.93 Million shares over the past three months.

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The Western Union Company (WU) received a consensus recommendation of Hold from analysts. That translates to a mean rating of 2.9. WU has a Sell rating from 5 analyst(s) out of 22 analysts who have looked at this stock. 13 analyst(s) recommend to Hold the stock while none of them suggest Overweight, and 4 recommend a Buy rating for it. None of the analyst(s) has rated the stock Underweight. Company’s earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter are expected to be $0.46.

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU): Trading Information

The Western Union Company (WU) registered a -0.18% downside in the last session and has traded in the green over the past 5 sessions. The stock spiked 0.65% in intraday trading to $25.36 this Monday, Apr 05, hitting a weekly high. The stock’s 5-day price performance is 2.19%, and it has moved by 0.36% in 30 days. Based on these gigs, the overall price performance for the year is 14.86%. The short interest in The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is 32.22 Million shares and it means that shorts have 6.54 day(s) to cover.

The consensus price target of analysts on Wall Street is $25.36, which implies an increase of 0.52% to the stock’s current value. The extremes of the forecast give a target low and a target high price of $20 and $32 respectively. As a result, WU is trading at a discount of 26.83% off the target high and -20.73% off the low.

The Western Union Company (WU) projections and forecasts

Statistics show that The Western Union Company has underperformed its competitors in share price, compared to the industry in which it operates. The Western Union Company (WU) shares have gone up +17.64% during the last six months, with a year-to-date growth rate less than the industry average at 10.16% against 12.4%. Yet analysts are ramping up their growth forecast for the fiscal year 2021. Revenue is predicted to grow 4.5% this quarter and then jump 22% in the quarter after that. In the rating firms’ projections, revenue will increase 5.6% compared to the previous financial year.

Revenue for the current quarter is expected to be $1.2 Billion as predicted by 15 analyst(s). Meanwhile, a consensus of 15 analyst(s) estimates revenue growth to $1.25 Billion by the end of June 2021. As per earnings report from last fiscal year’s results, sales for the corresponding quarters totaled $1.19 Billion and $1.11 Billion respectively. In this case, analysts expect current quarter sales to grow by 0.8% and then jump by 12.2% in the coming quarter.

An analysis of the company’s performance over the past 5 years shows that the company’s earnings grew an estimated 2%. While earnings are projected to return -27% in 2021, the next five years will return 9.25% per annum.

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WU Dividend Yield

The Western Union Company is due to release its next quarterly earnings between May 03 and May 07, 2021. However, it is important to remember that the dividend yield ratio is merely an indicator meant to only serve as guidance. Investors should also take the other fundamental and operational aspects into account before investing in the stock. The forward dividend ratio for The Western Union Company is 0.94, with the dividend yield indicating at 3.72 percent, continuing the trend of increasing dividends in recent years. The average dividend yield of the company for the last 5 years is 3.62%.

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU)’s Biggest Investors

The Western Union Company insiders own 0.52% of total outstanding shares while institutional holders control 106.32%, with the float percentage being 106.87%. Blackrock Inc. is the largest shareholder of the company, while 878 institutions own stock in it. As of Dec 30, 2020, the company held over 48.87 Million shares (or 11.91% of all shares), a total value of $1.07 Billion in shares.

The next largest institutional holding, with 47.79 Million shares, is of Vanguard Group, Inc. (The)’s that is approximately 11.65% of outstanding shares. At the market price on Dec 30, 2020, these shares were valued at $1.05 Billion.

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Also, the Mutual Funds coming in first place with the largest holdings of The Western Union Company (WU) shares are American Mutual Fund Inc and Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund. Data provided on Jan 30, 2021 indicates that American Mutual Fund Inc owns about 14,158,188 shares. This amounts to just over 3.45 percent of the company’s overall shares, with a $315.3 Million market value. The same data shows that the other fund manager holds slightly less at 11.63 Million, or about 2.84% of the stock, which is worth about $255.23 Million.

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