WU stock: buy or sell?

WU stock price: $19.41 0.94% At close on May 21st, 2019

Updated on:
May 21st, 2019


Western Union shares gained 0.94% to $19.41 today.

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?

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Just 1 of our buy setups matches with Western Union stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MAYes

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

Daily outlook

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.

WU stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

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 chart (weekly)

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 target

Nobody 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 Share

After 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.
WU earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared 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.

WU annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$5,540 M-$798 M14.4%-
2014$5,607 M1.21%$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$5,524 M1.87%$-557.10 M-10.1%-320.02%
2018$5,590 M1.19%$852 M15.2%-252.92%

Quarterly financial results

Western 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%.
WU quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q1$1,300 M-$162 M12.4%-
2017-Q2$1,380 M6.15%$167 M12.1%2.97%
2017-Q3$1,405 M1.79%$236 M16.8%41.50%
2017-Q4$1,438 M2.39%$-1,121 M-77.9%-575.76%
2018-Q1$1,389 M-3.40%$214 M15.4%-119.06%
2018-Q2$1,411 M1.56%$218 M15.4%1.87%
2018-Q3$1,388 M-1.65%$209 M15.0%-4.14%
2018-Q4$1,402 M0.99%$212 M15.1%1.68%

Western Union ownership

When 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 shares430.7 M323.6 M157.2 M1,010.0 M56.4 M
Float shares429.2 M321.5 M156.3 M1,000.0 M27.1 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 selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

WU summary

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
Day range$19.33 - $19.53
Previous close$19.23
Session gain0.94%
Average true range$0.36
50d mov avg$19.00
100d mov avg$18.32
200d mov avg$18.20
Daily patternlb01a
Weekly pattern

Western Union performance

To 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:
WUWestern Union10.03%7.42%1.04%
FISFidelity National...10.85%15.30%15.76%
GPNGlobal Payments17.85%45.98%34.79%
MGIMoneygram Interna...-37.12%-22.07%-74.89%
WEX 16.44%35.29%15.46%

Western Union competitors

We chose a few stocks to conform a list of Western Union competitors to check if you are interested in investing in WU:

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