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Current Change: Western Union Company (NYSE: WU)


Western Union Company is part of the financial services sector and is part of the credit services industry. The company CEO is Hikmet Ersek. The Western Union Co is a provider of money movement and payment services. The company provides flexible and convenient options for making one-time or recurring payments. Its segments are Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business and Business Solutions.

Previous Intraday Trading Performance:

The WU stock showed a previous change of 1.03% with an open at 18.55 and a close of 18.66. It reached an intraday high of 18.69 and a low of 18.53.

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The stock has a market cap of $8.1b with 435.9m shares outstanding, of which the float is 431.2m shares. Trading volume reached 4,023,575 shares compared to its average volume of 5,761,214 shares. Based on the current average volume and close price, the trading liquidity is good.

Historical Trading Performance:

Over the last five trading days, Western Union Company shares returned 0.48% and in the past 30 trading days it returned 5.75%. Over three months, it changed 10.06%. In one year it has changed 2.61% and within that year its 52-week high was 21.37 and its 52-week low was 16.42. WU stock is 13.64% above its 52 Week Low.

Our calculations show a 200 day moving average of 18.32 and a 50 day moving average of 18.00. Currently WU stock is trading 1.83% above its 200 day moving average and may be a good opportunity to buy.

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The last annual fiscal EPS for the company was reported at 1.92 that ended on 31st of December 2018, which according to the previous close, that is a PE of 10.03. Based on 9 analyst estimates, the consensus EPS for the next quarter is 0.42. The TTM EPS is 1.92, which comes to a TTM PE of 9.72.

The following are the last four quarter reported earnings per share:
12-31-2018:  0.49
09-30-2018:  0.52
06-30-2018:  0.46
03-31-2018:  0.45

The dividend per share is currently 0.80, which is a dividend yield of 4.29%. Also, the payout ratio is 41.67%, therefore the dividend is safe according to our calculations. WU stock has a high dividend yield, but because the company has sufficient earnings to cover future dividends, it may be a good investment opportunity for an income portfolio.

Base on our calculations, the intrinsic value per share is 28.67, which means it is possibly undervalued and has a margin of safety of 34.91%

Indicators to Watch:

Based on the latest filings, there is 171.90% of institutional ownership. Short-interest is 36,887,901, which is 8.46% of shares outstanding. The short-interest ratio or days-to-cover ratio is 5.69. This stock has a moderate level of short interest, but may still be a buying opportunity depending on other indicators.

The current calculated beta is 0.91

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Fundamental Indicators:

Based on last reported financials, the company’s return on assets is 9.55%, profit margin is 15.37%, price-to-sales is 1.44 and price-to-book is 13.45.

Company Scores:

All scores are out of six:
 3  :Valuation Score
 2  :Past Performance Score
 2  :Financial Strength Score
 1  :Future Growth Score
 6  :Dividend Score
 2  :Overall Score

John Jones
Worked for several Wall Street firms: Salomon Smith Barney, UBS, and Charles Schwab. Has developed skills and gained extensive experience over the years that is used today to uncover winning penny stocks.Also was an attorney for small businesses in Scottsdale, Arizona. That experience and understanding of law provides a unique perspective and edge in discovering quality companies in various industries.