The Western Union Company [NYSE: WU] loss -0.52% or -0.12 points to close at $22.76 with a heavy trading volume of 4993429 shares. The company report on August 6, 2020 that Western Union Stands in Solidarity with Lebanon.
Money Transfers to Lebanon Zero-Fee Paid out in US Dollars .
Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, today announced that it is offering zero-feei international money transfers paid out in U.S. dollars to Lebanon, as the country grapples with its recent tragedy amidst other economic and pandemic related threats.
It opened the trading session at $22.89, the shares rose to $23.29 and dropped to $22.69, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for WU points out that the company has recorded -18.63% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -30.88% lower than its most recent low trading price.
If we look at the average trading volume of 6.61M shares, WU reached to a volume of 4993429 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about The Western Union Company [WU]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for WU shares is $21.73 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on WU stock is a recommendation set at 3.30. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Goldman have made an estimate for The Western Union Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Sell, with their previous recommendation back on July 14, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Northland Capital raised their target price from $15 to $26. The new note on the price target was released on July 01, 2020, representing the official price target for The Western Union Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $26, while BofA/Merrill analysts kept a Neutral rating on WU stock. On April 08, 2020, analysts decreased their price target for WU shares from 25 to 19.
The Average True Range (ATR) for The Western Union Company is set at 0.77, with the Price to Sales ratio for WU stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.81. Price to Free Cash Flow for WU in the course of the last twelve months was 23.14.
Trading performance analysis for WU stock
The Western Union Company [WU] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -6.07. With this latest performance, WU shares gained by 8.07% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -18.63% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 6.36% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for WU stock in for the last two-week period is set at 47.26, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 46.18, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 53.12 for The Western Union Company [WU]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 22.27, while it was recorded at 23.66 for the last single week of trading, and 23.43 for the last 200 days.
The Western Union Company [WU]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and The Western Union Company [WU] shares currently have an operating margin of +17.01 and a Gross Margin at +37.39. The Western Union Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +20.05.
Return on Total Capital for WU is now 27.38, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 36.76. Additionally, WU Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 101.15, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 39.64.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, The Western Union Company [WU] managed to generate an average of $92,026 per employee.
The Western Union Company [WU]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis
With the latest financial reports released by the company, The Western Union Company posted 0.49/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.46/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 6.50%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for WU. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for The Western Union Company go to 8.09%.
An analysis of insider ownership at The Western Union Company [WU]
There are presently around $9,825 million, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WU stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 58,010,452, which is approximately 0.003% of the company’s market cap and around 0.70% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 52,994,146 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.21 billion in WU stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $541.82 million in WU stock with ownership of nearly -5.666% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in The Western Union Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of August and at the time of the August reporting period, where 246 institutional holders increased their position in The Western Union Company [NYSE:WU] by around 30,332,350 shares. Additionally, 307 investors decreased positions by around 72,919,391 shares, while 95 investors held positions by with 328,419,749 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 431,671,490 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WU stock had 67 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,883,983 shares, while 76 institutional investors sold positions of 4,852,329 shares during the same period.