Western Union Company (The) (WU) Receives Daily Media Sentiment Rating of 0.05

News stories about Western Union Company (The) (NYSE:WU) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty 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. Western Union Company (The) earned a news sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the credit services provider an impact score of 43.5729360650152 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) traded up $0.17 on Friday, hitting $19.77. 2,399,300 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,271,002. Western Union Company has a 1-year low of $18.39 and a 1-year high of $22.70. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,080.00, a P/E ratio of 10.60, a P/E/G ratio of 1.86 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a current ratio of 1.00, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.98.

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

Several analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Western Union Company (The) from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $19.00 target price on shares of Western Union Company (The) in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Citigroup Inc. boosted their target price on shares of Western Union Company (The) from $17.00 to $17.50 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $20.00 target price (up previously from $19.00) on shares of Western Union Company (The) in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Finally, Barclays PLC boosted their target price on shares of Western Union Company (The) from $21.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a report on Friday, August 4th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $20.14.

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In other Western Union Company (The) news, EVP Jean Claude Farah sold 17,518 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.50, for a total transaction of $359,119.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 139,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,859,750. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 1.10% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Western Union Company (The) 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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