WU stock: buy or sell?
May 21st, 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.
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Just 1 of our buy setups matches with Western Union stock now:
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||Yes|
Is Western Union stock a buy?
Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness.Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for WU stock for the last month.
WU stock analysis
Western Union closed today at $19.41 and gained a slightly fine 0.94%.
Western Union shares gained 0.94% to $19.41 today. On Wednesday, SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up triggering a rise of 0.47%. Since last March when WU stock price broke up the SMA200d line, it gained $1.21 (6.65%). WU is soaring again after a 3.23% correction from its last top on Thursday at $19.79.
Western Union closed this week at $19.41 and remained constant a slightly good 0.47%.
Since early May when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, WU price gained $0.11 per share (0.57%). Since mid March when WU stock price broke up the SMA40w line, it gained $1.67 (9.41%).
WU stock price history
WU IPO was on October 2nd, 2006 at $14.57 per share1. Since then, WU stock grew a 33.20%, with a yearly average of 2.80%. If you had invested right after WU's IPO a $1,000 in WU stock in 2006, it would worth $332.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
WU stock historical price chart
WU stock reached 52-week highs on June at $20.72, and all-time highs 2008-08-15 with a price of 21.77.
WU stock price targetNobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. 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 30 days we have not detected any price target 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 soared a decent 7.12%. As soon as we get its posted 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 sales report draw a slightly fine increase of 1.19% to $5,589.90 M USD. Instead, its profit margin (compared to revenues) rocketed 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 reported $1,401.60 million in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 0.99% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $212.10 million with a profit margin of 15.13%. Profit margin stayed steady 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 a disappointing correction and depreciated 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 a stock, it's always worth to check its ownership structure.
Western Union shares owned by insiders (that is, founders, CEO, CTO, main executives or other management staff) currently counts a 0.41% of all shares.
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||$8.4 B||$38.3 B||$23.7 B||$256.0 B||$93.6 M|
|Total shares||430.7 M||323.6 M||157.2 M||1,010.0 M||56.4 M|
|Float shares||429.2 M||321.5 M||156.3 M||1,000.0 M||27.1 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, May 21st, 2019|
|Day range||$19.33 - $19.53|
|Average true range||$0.36|
|50d mov avg||$19.00|
|100d mov avg||$18.32|
|200d mov avg||$18.20|
Western Union performanceTo better understand Western Union performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare Western Union to Fidelity National Information Services, Global Payments, Mastercard, Moneygram International and WEX:
Western Union competitorsWe chose a few stocks to conform a list of Western Union competitors to check if you are interested in investing in WU:
- Fidelity National Information Services (FIS)
- Global Payments (GPN)
- Mastercard (MA)
- Moneygram International (MGI)
- WEX (WEX)
Latest WU stock news
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- Seeking AlphaPartnership With Amazon Is A Growth Catalyst For Western UnionFebruary 25, 2019
- InvestorPlace3 Big Stock Charts for Tuesday: Western Union, Praxair and Activision BlizzardOctober 23, 2018
- InvestorPlace3 Big Stock Charts for Monday: Western Union, BorgWarner and ApacheOctober 8, 2018
- InvestorPlace3 Big Stock Charts for Thursday: Western Union, Boston Scientific and Zions BancorpSeptember 27, 2018