Somewhat Positive News Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Affect The Western Union (WU) Share Price

Media stories about The Western Union (NYSE:WU) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. The Western Union earned a media sentiment score of 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 45.5050692916735 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

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Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on WU shares. Goldman Sachs reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $17.00 price target on shares of The Western Union in a research report on Thursday, December 14th. UBS upgraded The Western Union to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Susquehanna Bancshares upgraded The Western Union from a “negative” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, January 8th. Zacks Investment Research lowered The Western Union from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 3rd. Finally, Mizuho raised The Western Union from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $16.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and nine have issued a hold rating to the company’s stock. The Western Union presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.50.

NYSE:WU traded up $0.09 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $19.01. 2,038,591 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 5,845,553. The firm has a market capitalization of $8,745.05, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.56, a P/E/G ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 1.02. The Western Union has a 52 week low of $18.38 and a 52 week high of $22.21. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.17, a quick ratio of 0.82 and a current ratio of 0.82.

The Western Union (NYSE:WU) last posted its quarterly earnings data 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 business had revenue of $1.44 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.40 billion. The Western Union had a negative net margin of 10.09% and a positive return on equity of 206.81%. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.47 EPS. equities analysts forecast that The Western Union will post 1.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 16th were paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 15th. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.00%. This is a positive change from The Western Union’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. The Western Union’s payout ratio is 42.22%.

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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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