The Western Union (WU) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media coverage about The Western Union (NYSE:WU) has trended somewhat positive on Thursday, according to Accern. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by monitoring more than 20 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. The Western Union earned a news sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.5050692916735 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

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A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded The Western Union from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Susquehanna Bancshares upgraded The Western Union from a “negative” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. ValuEngine lowered The Western Union from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 3rd. UBS upgraded The Western Union to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, January 8th. Finally, TheStreet lowered The Western Union from a “b-” rating to a “c-” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and nine have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The Western Union presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.50.

The Western Union stock traded up $0.09 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $19.01. 2,038,591 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,845,553. The firm has a market capitalization of $8,745.05, a P/E ratio of 10.56, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 1.02. The Western Union has a one year low of $18.38 and a one year high of $22.21. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.17.

The Western Union (NYSE:WU) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The credit services provider reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $1.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.40 billion. The Western Union had a positive return on equity of 206.81% and a negative net margin of 10.09%. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.47 earnings per share. analysts predict that The Western Union will post 1.86 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th were issued a dividend of $0.19 per share. This is a positive change from The Western Union’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. This represents a $0.76 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 4.00%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 15th. The Western Union’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 42.22%.

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About The Western Union

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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