Wall Street Analyst Downgrade The Western Union Company [WU]. What else is Wall St. saying

The Western Union Company [NYSE: WU] closed the trading session at $16.02 on 08/17/22. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $16.005, while the highest price level was $16.31. The company report on August 17, 2022 that Western Union and Woodforest National Bank Renew Agreement to Offer Global Money Transfer Services.


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Woodforest National Bank customers can now take advantage of both retail and digital money transfer capabilities through Western Union (NYSE: WU) thanks to a renewed agreement between the two companies.

With this renewal, Woodforest National Bank consumers continue to have access to Western Union money and bill payment services via the bank’s branches, as well as online capabilities via the bank’s website and mobile app. Woodforest National Bank, headquartered in The Woodlands, Texas, operates in 17 states throughout the U.S.

The stocks have a year to date performance of -10.20 percent and weekly performance of -2.91 percent. The stock has been moved at -20.26 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed -5.21 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed -7.98 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 3.43M shares, WU reached to a volume of 3598232 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 $18.28 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.

Wolfe Research have made an estimate for The Western Union Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Underperform, with their previous recommendation back on July 20, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Goldman raised their target price to Sell. The new note on the price target was released on May 18, 2022, representing the official price target for The Western Union Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $20, while Citigroup analysts kept a Neutral rating on WU stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for The Western Union Company is set at 0.41, with the Price to Sales ratio for WU stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.26. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 13.81, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.14. Price to Free Cash Flow for WU in the course of the last twelve months was 10.30.

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 -2.91. With this latest performance, WU shares dropped by -5.21% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -20.26% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -28.26% 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 40.21, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 35.98, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 42.43 for The Western Union Company [WU]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 16.59, while it was recorded at 16.44 for the last single week of trading, and 17.73 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 +23.63 and a Gross Margin at +39.36. The Western Union Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +15.76.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 297.23, with Return on Assets sitting at 8.80.

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

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 -2.74%.

The Western Union Company [WU]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $6,100 million, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WU stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 63,048,790, which is approximately 1.07% of the company’s market cap and around 0.70% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 42,252,260 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $676.88 million in WU stocks shares; and CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS, currently with $355.86 million in WU stock with ownership of nearly -0.015% 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 237 institutional holders increased their position in The Western Union Company [NYSE:WU] by around 20,555,021 shares. Additionally, 255 investors decreased positions by around 27,893,416 shares, while 74 investors held positions by with 332,354,539 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 380,802,976 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WU stock had 57 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,531,149 shares, while 56 institutional investors sold positions of 1,804,164 shares during the same period.

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