WU stock: buy or sell?
August 23rd, 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?Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. That's why is so important to choose your own trading plan that matches with your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.
None of our preferred buy setups matches with Western Union stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.
|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?
Financial institutions and banks post stock ratings everyday.Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for WU stock for the last 30 days.
WU stock analysis
After climbing for 4 sessions, Friday Western Union fell a fatal -2.37%, closing at $21.38.
On Aug/2, WU hit new all time highs, pushing higher previous ATH of $21.55 recorded . New ATHs are usual entry points for many trading setups as there aren't higher resistences. After climbing for 4 days, Friday Western Union fell a fatal -2.37%, closing at $21.38. Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up on May, WU price climbed $2.25 per share (11.76%).
Shares of Western Union gained a slightly fine 1.38% this week.
Not so far away is the last all-time high Western Union marked late July. Western Union stock is drawing an uptrend with rising tops and bottoms. Now trading in between its last bottom and last top, WU might consolidate in a flat-base, waiting to break out over or down under . Since SMA20d and SMA40w crossed up early May, WU price climbed $2.27 per share (11.88%). Since price and SMA40w lines crossed up by mid March, WU climbed $3.82 (21.75%).
WU stock price history
WU IPO was on October 2nd, 2006 at $14.43 per share1. Since then, WU stock surged a 48.20%, with an average of 4.00% per year. If you had invested right after WU's IPO a $1,000 in WU stock in 2006, it would worth $482.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
WU stock historical price chart
WU stock reached all-time highs on Aug 2nd with a price of $22.28.
WU stock price targetHow much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. You should not follow the analysts' WU stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. For the last month we have not found any price forecast for Western Union stock by any trusted analyst.
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareAfter posting its last earnings report on February, Western Union . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsCompared to 2017, last anual sales report draw a slightly good growth of 1.19% to $5,589.90 M USD. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, on the other hand, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) rocketed a 25.32% to 15.24%.
|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 reported $1,401.60 M in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 0.99% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings 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 turnover to same quarter last year, Western Union sales marked an ugly correction and declined 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 invest in a stock, it's always worth to review 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.
The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Western Union:
|Market cap||$9.2 B||$45.7 B||$24.8 B||$289.2 B||$203.0 M|
|Total shares||430.7 M||331.0 M||157.2 M||1,030.0 M||56.4 M|
|Float shares||422.1 M||610.5 M||155.7 M||996.6 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%|
|Friday, August 23rd, 2019|
|Day range||$21.32 - $21.90|
|Average true range||$0.39|
|50d mov avg||$20.69|
|100d mov avg||$19.97|
|200d mov avg||$18.83|
Western Union performanceTo better understand Western Union performance you must compare its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare Western Union performance to Fidelity National Information Services, Global Payments, Mastercard, Moneygram International and WEX:
Western Union competitorsOne check before trading any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for Western Union. We selected 5 companies as Western Union competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.
- Fidelity National Information Services (FIS)
- Global Payments (GPN)
- Mastercard (MA)
- Moneygram International (MGI)
- WEX (WEX)
Latest WU stock news
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