The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) insider Amintore Schenkel sold 15,600 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, January 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.99, for a total value of $343,044.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 93,694 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,060,331.06. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

Shares of The Western Union Company (WU) traded up $0.19 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $21.23. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 6,453,500 shares, compared to its average volume of 10,791,786. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.98, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a current ratio of 1.00. The Western Union Company has a 52-week low of $18.39 and a 52-week high of $22.34. The company has a market capitalization of $9,750.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 46.15, a P/E/G ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 1.00.

The Western Union (NYSE:WU) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The credit services provider reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $1.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.39 billion. The Western Union had a return on equity of 116.85% and a net margin of 3.83%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.46 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that The Western Union Company will post 1.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Monday, December 18th were issued a dividend of $0.175 per share. The ex-dividend date was Friday, December 15th. This represents a $0.70 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.30%. The Western Union’s dividend payout ratio is presently 152.17%.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Fiduciary Trust Co. purchased a new position in The Western Union during the 2nd quarter valued at about $121,000. Capstone Investment Advisors Netherlands B.V. purchased a new position in The Western Union during the 2nd quarter valued at about $129,000. Pacer Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in The Western Union by 8.4% during the 2nd quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 8,109 shares of the credit services provider’s stock valued at $154,000 after purchasing an additional 627 shares during the period. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new position in The Western Union during the 3rd quarter valued at about $186,000. Finally, Rehmann Capital Advisory Group purchased a new position in shares of The Western Union during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $198,000.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Susquehanna Bancshares upgraded The Western Union from a “negative” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday. UBS Group raised The Western Union to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday. Mizuho reissued a “sell” rating and set a $16.00 price objective on shares of The Western Union in a research note on Sunday, October 15th. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on shares of The Western Union in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Finally, ValuEngine raised The Western Union from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $19.59.

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The Western Union Company Profile

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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