The Western Union Company [WU] stock Upgrade by Wells Fargo analyst, price target now $25

The Western Union Company [NYSE: WU] surged by $0.2 during the normal trading session on Tuesday and reaching a high of $25.91 during the day while it closed the day at $25.86. The company report on May 5, 2021 that Western Union Reports First Quarter Results.

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Digital money transfer revenues on track to exceed $1 billion in 2021; first quarter revenue growth of 45%.

WU.com delivers fourth consecutive quarter with growth of 50% or more for transactions and more than 40% for average monthly active users.

The Western Union Company stock has also loss -1.30% of its value over the past 7 days. However, WU stock has inclined by 13.12% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 33.02% and gained 17.87% year-on date.

The market cap for WU stock reached $10.87 billion, with 411.70 million shares outstanding and 409.06 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 4.48M shares, WU reached a trading volume of 6896324 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 $25.64 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 0.44, with the Price to Sales ratio for WU stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.25. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 57.47, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.40. Price to Free Cash Flow for WU in the course of the last twelve months was 23.09.

WU stock trade performance evaluation

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 -1.30. With this latest performance, WU shares gained by 3.19% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 33.02% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 37.19% 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 54.33, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 50.50, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 56.04 for The Western Union Company [WU]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 25.01, while it was recorded at 25.98 for the last single week of trading, and 23.06 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 9.27%.

The Western Union Company [WU]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $10,554 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 $1.23 billion in WU stocks shares; and CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS, currently with $846.25 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 235 institutional holders increased their position in The Western Union Company [NYSE:WU] by around 26,312,992 shares. Additionally, 296 investors decreased positions by around 38,797,899 shares, while 96 investors held positions by with 346,173,941 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 411,284,832 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WU stock had 62 new institutional investments in for a total of 4,761,614 shares, while 59 institutional investors sold positions of 2,904,481 shares during the same period.

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