Headlines about Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Western Union Company (The) earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.5099215479256 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.
These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:
- Voice of the Consumer: Western Union admits aiding scams, reimbursing scam (gazette.com)
- Complaint Review: Western Union Netspend (ripoffreport.com)
- Victims of Western Union fraud can file claim – Jackson Clarion Ledger (clarionledger.com)
- Buy or Sell?: Rite Aid Corporation, (NYSE: RAD), The Western Union Company, (NYSE: WU), Crescent Point Energy … – Stocks In The News (press release) (tradingnewsnow.com)
- What you need to know to get money back from the Western Union fraud settlement – Allentown Morning Call (mcall.com)
Shares of Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) traded down $0.15 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $19.55. 1,831,482 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,232,936. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,038.88, a PE ratio of 10.64, a P/E/G ratio of 1.86 and a beta of 1.01. Western Union Company has a 12 month low of $18.39 and a 12 month high of $22.70. The company has a current ratio of 1.00, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.98.
Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The credit services provider reported $0.53 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.09. Western Union Company (The) had a net margin of 3.83% and a return on equity of 116.85%. The company had revenue of $1.40 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.39 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.46 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts anticipate that Western Union Company will post 1.83 earnings per share for the current year.
A number of analysts have recently issued reports on WU shares. ValuEngine lowered Western Union Company (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Western Union Company (The) from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, November 6th. Citigroup Inc. lifted their target price on Western Union Company (The) from $17.00 to $17.50 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Morgan Stanley lifted their price objective on Western Union Company (The) from $18.00 to $19.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Mizuho reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $16.00 target price on shares of Western Union Company (The) in a report on Sunday, October 15th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Western Union Company (The) presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.14.
In related news, EVP Jean Claude Farah sold 17,518 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.50, for a total transaction of $359,119.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 139,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,859,750. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 1.10% of the company’s stock.
Western Union Company (The) Company Profile
The Western Union Company (Western Union) is a provider of money movement and payment services. The Company operates through three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business and Business Solutions. The Company’s Consumer-to-Consumer segment facilitates money transfers between two consumers, primarily through a network of third-party agents.
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