Market Analysts see The Western Union Company [WU] gaining to $25. Time to buy?

The Western Union Company [NYSE: WU] closed the trading session at $25.15 on 04/01/21. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $24.53, while the highest price level was $25.26. The company report on March 17, 2021 that Western Union Foundation Aids 200,000 People in 33 Countries with Career & COVID-19 Support in 2020.

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Migrants, Refugees, and International students benefit from Western Union Foundation’s 2020 Giving.


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The Western Union Foundation announced it invested more than USD 6 million to impact 200,000 people in 33 countries – funding training, education, and other workforce initiatives for migrants, refugees, and international students, as well as for disaster and COVID relief. In its 2020 Global Philanthropic Impact Report the Foundation highlights the impact created by community activation and calls on the global community to take further action to connect underserved populations to economic opportunity as the world begins early-stage recovery from a COVID-disrupted global economy.

The stocks have a year to date performance of 14.63 percent and weekly performance of 1.82 percent. The stock has been moved at 17.36 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed 5.32 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed 15.47 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 4.92M shares, WU reached to a volume of 4215129 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say 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 $25.36 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 2.90. 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.

Wells Fargo have made an estimate for The Western Union Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal Weight, with their previous recommendation back on February 11, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on January 08, 2021, representing the official price target for The Western Union Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $21 to $22, while Citigroup kept a Neutral rating on WU stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for The Western Union Company is set at 0.59, with the Price to Sales ratio for WU stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.10. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 55.89, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.54. Price to Free Cash Flow for WU in the course of the last twelve months was 21.53.

WU stock trade performance evaluation

The Western Union Company [WU] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 1.82. With this latest performance, WU shares gained by 5.32% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 17.36% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 42.90% 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 57.69, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 58.18, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.50 for The Western Union Company [WU]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 23.85, while it was recorded at 24.96 for the last single week of trading, and 22.59 for the last 200 days.

The Western Union Company [WU]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and The Western Union Company [WU] shares currently have an operating margin of +20.80 and a Gross Margin at +36.82. The Western Union Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +15.43.

Return on Total Capital for WU is now 29.00, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 24.85. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 1,011.96, with Return on Assets sitting at 8.15. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, The Western Union Company [WU] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 1,769.61. Additionally, WU Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 94.65, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 34.77. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 1,430.98, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 76.54.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, The Western Union Company [WU] managed to generate an average of $67,664 per employee.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for The Western Union Company [WU] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, The Western Union Company posted 0.44/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.41/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 7.30%. 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 9.25%.

The Western Union Company [WU]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $10,398 million, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WU stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 48,871,150, which is approximately -3.201% of the company’s market cap and around 0.80% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 47,792,244 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.2 billion in WU stocks shares; and CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS, currently with $829.43 million in WU stock with ownership of nearly 0.103% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in The Western Union Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of May and at the time of the May reporting period, where 244 institutional holders increased their position in The Western Union Company [NYSE:WU] by around 27,312,619 shares. Additionally, 284 investors decreased positions by around 38,536,511 shares, while 92 investors held positions by with 347,606,568 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 413,455,698 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WU stock had 72 new institutional investments in for a total of 6,061,231 shares, while 45 institutional investors sold positions of 2,572,658 shares during the same period.

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