The Western Union Company [WU] Stock trading around $18.53 per share: What’s Next?


The Western Union Company [NYSE: WU] traded at a high on 01/03/22, posting a 3.87 gain after which it closed the day’ session at $18.53. The company report on December 7, 2021 that Western Union Announces $0.235 Quarterly Dividend.

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, announced today that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.235 per common share, payable December 31, 2021, to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 17, 2021.

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The results of the trading session contributed to over 8034732 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of The Western Union Company stands at 2.25% while the volatility over the past one month is 2.95%.

The market cap for WU stock reached $7.47 billion, with 406.30 million shares outstanding and 399.93 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 7.22M shares, WU reached a trading volume of 8034732 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus 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 $21.29 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 2.80. 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.

Susquehanna have made an estimate for The Western Union Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on November 03, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, RBC Capital Mkts dropped their target price from $27 to $23. The new note on the price target was released on November 03, 2021, representing the official price target for The Western Union Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $32 to $25, while Northland Capital kept a Outperform rating on WU stock. On November 03, 2021, analysts decreased their price target for WU shares from 25 to 18.

The Average True Range (ATR) for The Western Union Company is set at 0.52, with the Price to Sales ratio for WU stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.48. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 20.36, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.49. Price to Free Cash Flow for WU in the course of the last twelve months was 13.37.

How has WU stock performed recently?

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 4.69. With this latest performance, WU shares gained by 8.05% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -19.29% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -14.88% 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 59.10, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 64.98, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.81 for The Western Union Company [WU]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 17.81, while it was recorded at 18.01 for the last single week of trading, and 21.90 for the last 200 days.

Earnings analysis for The Western Union Company [WU]

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 8.48%.

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Insider trade positions for The Western Union Company [WU]

There are presently around $7,204 million, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WU stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 51,796,987, which is approximately -0.146% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 48,078,043 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $857.71 million in WU stocks shares; and CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS, currently with $401.97 million in WU stock with ownership of nearly 6.966% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in The Western Union Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of February and at the time of the February reporting period, where 244 institutional holders increased their position in The Western Union Company [NYSE:WU] by around 27,049,246 shares. Additionally, 257 investors decreased positions by around 29,526,010 shares, while 98 investors held positions by with 347,249,670 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 403,824,926 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WU stock had 45 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,156,694 shares, while 57 institutional investors sold positions of 3,428,903 shares during the same period.