Headlines about The Western Union (NYSE:WU) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to Accern. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing 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 media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 44.9791263359858 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s rankings:
- Western Union has a long digital runway (businessinsider.com)
- Western Union to test Ripple for money transfers (finance.yahoo.com)
- Western Union Says It's Testing Transactions With Ripple (finance.yahoo.com)
- Ripple CEO: 'We are solving a problem measured in trillions of dollars' (finance.yahoo.com)
- William Blair Comments on The Western Union Company’s FY2018 Earnings (WU) (americanbankingnews.com)
WU has been the subject of several analyst reports. Susquehanna Bancshares raised shares of The Western Union from a “negative” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. UBS Group raised shares of The Western Union to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. TheStreet downgraded shares of The Western Union from a “b-” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 13th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of The Western Union from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, February 3rd. Finally, William Blair reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of The Western Union in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. The Western Union currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $19.85.
The Western Union (NYSE:WU) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, February 13th. The credit services provider reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.45 by ($0.04). The Western Union had a positive return on equity of 206.81% and a negative net margin of 10.09%. The company had revenue of $1.44 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.40 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.47 EPS. analysts predict that The Western Union will post 1.85 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Investors of record on Friday, March 16th will be issued a $0.19 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 15th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.75%. This is a boost from The Western Union’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. The Western Union’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently -56.00%.
In related news, EVP Jean Claude Farah sold 50,813 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.50, for a total value of $1,092,479.50. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 152,362 shares in the company, valued at $3,275,783. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Amintore Schenkel sold 15,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.99, for a total transaction of $343,044.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 93,694 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,060,331.06. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 1.10% of the company’s stock.
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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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