Press coverage about The Western Union (NYSE:WU) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, according to Accern. The research firm rates the sentiment of media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The Western Union earned a coverage optimism score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.7316969532394 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

The Western Union (NYSE WU) traded down $0.12 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $19.47. 3,201,113 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,285,751. The company has a quick ratio of 1.00, a current ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.98. The Western Union has a 1 year low of $18.39 and a 1 year high of $22.70. The company has a market cap of $8,983.76, a PE ratio of 10.57, a PEG ratio of 1.85 and a beta of 1.00.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 29th. Investors of record on Monday, December 18th will be given a $0.175 dividend. This represents a $0.70 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.60%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 15th. The Western Union’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 152.17%.

Several research analysts have recently commented on the company. ValuEngine downgraded The Western Union from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Jefferies Group reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 target price on shares of The Western Union in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Mizuho reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $16.00 target price on shares of The Western Union in a report on Sunday, October 15th. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “sell” rating and issued a $17.00 target price on shares of The Western Union in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded The Western Union from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 5th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.88.

In related news, EVP Jean Claude Farah sold 17,518 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.50, for a total value of $359,119.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 139,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,859,750. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. 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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