WU stock: buy or sell?
November 19th, 2019
The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions.
Should I buy WU stock?You can't be a successful trader if you don't follow a methodolgy or system that assist you in choosing companies and the correct market timing. Following a trading plan helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.
Currently, Western Union stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is Western Union stock a buy?
Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness.At Stocks2.com, we collected 3 ratings published for WU stock in the last month.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
WU stock analysis
Western Union shares inched 1.00% to $27.35 today.
Western Union ended today at $27.35 and inched a tiny 1.00%. From a daily outlook perspective, WU is drawing an uptrend of rising tops and rising bottoms. Since its last top on Nov/7 at $28.00, price slid and bounced up back from $26.18. Breaking down under $26.18 would cancel the current uptrend and it might slide further to test lower supports. Note that $28.00 might act as a resistance line. Trading the long side, we should wait to a new breakout over $28.00 to find the next buy point. On November 7th, WU hit a new all time high, pushing higher than on November/6 tops. Check different trading setups that use ATHs as triggers.
Western Union shares stepped up 2.05% this week, ending at $27.35. Late October WU skyrocketed an extraordinary 6.27% in just one week.
Western Union stock is trading in the range of its last top and last bottom. Loosing would mean breaking the current uptrend. Breakdowns under last bottom are selling point signals for some trading strategies. Not so far away is the last price record Western Union marked early November. Early May, SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up triggering a rise of 44.33%. Since mid March when WU stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $9.94 (57.09%).
WU stock price history
WU IPO was on October 2nd, 2006 at $14.30 per share1. Since then, WU stock grew a 91.30%, with a yearly average of 7.00%. If you had invested $1,000 in WU stock in 2006, it would worth $913.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
WU stock historical price chart
WU stock reached all-time highs on Nov 7th with a price of $28.00.
WU stock price target is $24.70How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. We found 3 price forecasts for Western Union stock released in the last 30 days:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-9-25||BTIG Research||Raises Target||n/a||$28.00||-|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareAfter publishing its last earnings report on February, Western Union . As soon as we get its actual EPS from the earnings report, we will update this report.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a slightly fine increase of 1.19% to $5,589.90 M dollars. However, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) climbed to 15.24%, that is $851.90 million.
|2013||$5,540 M||-||$798 M14.4%||-|
|2014||$5,607 M||1.21%||$852 M15.2%||6.76%|
|2015||$5,484 M||-2.20%||$838 M15.3%||-1.71%|
|2016||$5,423 M||-1.11%||$253 M4.7%||-69.78%|
|2017||$5,524 M||1.87%||$-557.10 M-10.1%||-320.02%|
|2018||$5,590 M||1.19%||$852 M15.2%||-252.92%|
Quarterly financial resultsWestern Union posted $1,401.60 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 0.99% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $212.10 M with a profit margin of 15.13%. Profit margin remained stable a 0.10% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 15.03%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Western Union sales marked a disappointing loss and decreased a -2.55%.
|2017-Q1||$1,300 M||-||$162 M12.4%||-|
|2017-Q2||$1,380 M||6.15%||$167 M12.1%||2.97%|
|2017-Q3||$1,405 M||1.79%||$236 M16.8%||41.50%|
|2017-Q4||$1,438 M||2.39%||$-1,121 M-77.9%||-575.76%|
|2018-Q1||$1,389 M||-3.40%||$214 M15.4%||-119.06%|
|2018-Q2||$1,411 M||1.56%||$218 M15.4%||1.87%|
|2018-Q3||$1,388 M||-1.65%||$209 M15.0%||-4.14%|
|2018-Q4||$1,402 M||0.99%||$212 M15.1%||1.68%|
Western Union ownershipWhen you are planning to buy shares of a stock, it's always worth to have a look its ownership structure.
Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Western Union, 0.41% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.
Bearish positions for WU stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.
For a better context understanding, the following table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:
|Market cap||$11.5 B||$84.2 B||$54.6 B||$280.1 B||$181.8 M|
|Total shares||419.3 M||614.6 M||300.6 M||997.5 M||62.1 M|
|Float shares||417.4 M||611.6 M||298.5 M||991.1 M||30.1 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||105.5%||92.3%||102.0%||78.0%||82.9%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.4%||0.6%||0.7%||11.2%||5.3%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
|Tuesday, November 19th, 2019|
|Day range||$27.14 - $27.49|
|Average true range||$0.64|
|50d mov avg||$24.45|
|100d mov avg||$22.75|
|200d mov avg||$20.68|
Western Union performanceStocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We compared Western Union against Fidelity National Information Services, Global Payments, Mastercard, Moneygram International and WEX in the following table:
Western Union competitorsWe picked a few stocks to conform a list of Western Union competitors to examine if you are interested in investing in WU:
- Fidelity National Information Services (FIS)
- Global Payments (GPN)
- Mastercard (MA)
- Moneygram International (MGI)
- WEX (WEX)
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