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The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) – Analysts’ Revisions Point To Positive Sentiment

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) traded at $14.06 at last check on Tuesday, 01/24/23, made a downward move of -0.53% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $14.14 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 0.92 with the day’s price range being $11.41 – $14.31. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 6.69. In terms of its 52-week price range, WU has a high of $20.40 and a low of $11.41. The company’s stock has gained about 3.06% over that past 30 days.

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The Western Union Company has a market cap of $5.36 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Feb 08, 2023 – Feb 13, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 0.94 and a yield of 6.65%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the WU stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.42, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $1.8 for 2022 and $1.63 for next year. These figures represent -17.80% and -9.40% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $1.09 billion, with a low of $1.08 billion and a high of $1.11 billion. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2022 is expected to hit $4.46 billion, or -12.10% down from figures reported last year.

There have been 10 upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the WU stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of Hold. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 50% Sell.

Looking further, we note the current price level is -0.26% off its SMA20 and 0.31% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 49.70 while the volatility over the past week is 6.61% and jumps to 3.17% over the past one month. The beta value is 0.89, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 0.51. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $13.74, with the estimates having a low of $10.00 and a high of $18.00. These price ends are 28.88% and -28.02% off the today’s price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a 0.43% if the WU share price touches on the median price of $14.00.

Let’s briefly compare The Western Union Company (WU) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of -0.53% and -22.05% over the past 12 months for WU. Another of its peers PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) has dropped -2.59% today, and was -51.34% down over the past year. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at -1.45% and -1.08%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 4.97 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 3.92 million. Current shares outstanding are 386.50 million.

The insiders hold 0.20% of the company’s shares. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 32.57 million at a short ratio of 6.58. This represents a 8.44% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short fall in October from the previous month at 34.46 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock 2.69% up in year-to-date price movement.

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