What’s The Western Union Company (WU)’s Price to Earnings Ratio?

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) saw a downside of -0.05% to close Monday at $20.53 after subtracting -$0.01 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 3,970,600 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $21.14 in the past week. An average of 4,990,830 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 3,909,420.

WU’s 1-month performance is -5.30% or -$1.19 on its low of $19.81 reached on 09/21/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $19.07 and high of $26.61, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 04/26/21. YTD, WU has lost -6.43% or -$1.41. However, the current price is down -22.85%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Aug 11, 55 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for The Western Union Company (WU). Summerill Andrew (President, Payments) most recently sold 1,239 shares at $22.66 per share on Aug 11. This transaction cost the insider $28,076. CFO, Agrawal Rajesh K., sold 2,129 shares at a price of $25.00 on May 18. Then, on May 17, CFO Agrawal Rajesh K. sold 109,510 shares at a price of $24.95 per share. This transaction amounted to $2,732,070.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 50.64 and a low of 7.097. WU stock has a beta of 1.01. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 1.63 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 29.33, with the price to cash flow ratio at 17.78.

The Western Union Company pays an annual dividend of $0.94 per share. Its dividend yield is 4.58% and the payout ratio is 46.70%. WU’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 30, when it paid $0.2350 a share compared with prior rate of $0.2350, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 14 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.01 reported on Wednesday February 10 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 28.57% yearly.

It is projected that The Western Union Company’s next ex-dividend date will be on 20-Dec. WU is expected to distribute $0.235 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 9.54, while the total debt to equity was 10.47. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 41.90% while for the period ending June 29; The Western Union Company’s operating margin was 19.90%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.01 billion against revenue of $4.83 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected WU to announce $0.48 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.48, representing a 0.00% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $310.5 million. WU stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 8.69 billion, with total debt at $3.0 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $406.35 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at The Western Union Company (WU) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 04 October was 45.14% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 20.42%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $20.57, reflecting a -0.63% or -$0.13 change from its current price. WU is currently trading -5.48% above its 20-day SMA, -16.41% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -11.58% and -9.44% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 32.40% and 34.86% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.48. The RSI (14) points at 42.70%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 41.86% with the period’s ATR at 0.47. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.01 and -0.12 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), Citigroup upgraded it to a Buy rating. They previously had a Neutral rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for WU stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 4 brokerage advisors rate WU as a “sell,”, while 12 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 5 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is WU’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $21.00 and a high of $32.00, with their median price target at $26.50. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for The Western Union Company (WU) stock is $26.25.


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