Wells Fargo raised the price target for the The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) stock from “an Underweight” to “an Equal weight”. The rating was released on February 11, 2021. The research report from Citigroup has upgraded the stock from Sell to Neutral, with a price target set at $22. The stock was upgraded by BofA Securities, who disclosed in a research note on September 15, 2020, from Neutral to Buy and set the price objective to $26. In their research brief published July 14, 2020, Goldman analysts initiated the The Western Union Company stock to Sell with a price target of $22.
Historical Earnings Surprises and Revenue Forecasts
Profit is the most critical financial performance measure. Every investor in a business is looking forward to the earnings report as stock price to increase when earnings exceed market expectations and progressively decrease when earnings do not meet expectations. The firm reported an earnings per share (EPS) of $0.45 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of $0.42, which indicates the company beat its estimate by $0.03, which implies that the company surprised the market by 7.10%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Mar 2021) is $0.45. This is an average of 21 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is $0.49 and the low earnings per share estimate is $0.39. According to 15 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $1.2B is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $1.23B and a low estimate of $1.17B.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) raised 0.65% to close Thursday’s market session at $26.39, higher as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $26.165 and $26.49 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 4029277 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 4.47 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 1.31% within the last five trades and 6.24% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 26.57% in the last 6 months and 15.09% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. WU stock is trading at a margin of 2.94%, 6.24% and 14.86% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, WU deals in the Financial domain. The stock is trading -0.83 percent below its 52-week high and 50.33 percent above its 52-week low. For example, looking both at the price and the high and low measurements of 52 weeks will give you a clearer picture of the direction the price is heading. The firm’s Weighted Alpha is 40.3. A positive weighted alpha indicates the firm has done well over the course of the year, whereas one below 0 indicates that the firm has done poorly.
What Does The Western Union Company’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?
With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at 20.00 percent and the profit margin is 15.40 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 41.60 percent. The profit margin, also known as the revenue ratio or gross profit ratio, is an efficiency figure used to estimate the business’s profitability by comparing net income and sales. The higher the number, the more profits are generated for the company and vice versa.
The stock’s market cap achieved a total value of $10.71 billion as of the last trading session. Market capitalization is the total value of all outstanding shares of a corporation and it is used to measure a company’s market value. The price-to-earnings ratio for The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is 14.72. The price-to-earnings ratio is a method of assessing corporate values by comparing them to their per-share profit. Forward P/E stands at 11.52. Forward price-to-earnings is calculated using predicted earnings for the next financial year’s P/E determination. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 2.22 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 58.64, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.
Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?
Tsai Caroline, the Chief Legal Officer/Secretary at The Western Union Company (WU) has sold 7,164 shares of firm on Mar 18 at a price of $24.85 against the total amount of $0.18 million. In another inside trade, Molnar Jacqueline D, Chief Transformation Officer of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) sold 1,003 shares of the firm on Mar 11 for a total worth of $24744.0 at a price of $24.67. An inside trade which took place on Mar 08, Chief People Officer of The Western Union Company Williams Richard L sold 10,000 shares of firm against total price of $0.25 million at the cost of $25.00 per share.
How The Western Union Company (WU) Stock Is Sustainable?
To Conclude, the score of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) has been traditionally used by investors to measure the actions of corporations and to make their future financial predictions. According to the ESG rating scale, there are five hazard levels in the scale: marginal, weak, moderate, high, and extreme. The next generation ESG score is a scale from 0 to 100 where 100 represents the most extreme situation. The score was designed to assist investors at safety and investment level in identifying and recognizing financially relevant ESG threats. A current assessment of the The Western Union Company’s sustainability factors indicates that it scores at 11 or 11th percentile overall, with an Environment Score of 0 or 0 percentile, a Social Score of 10 or 10 percentile, and a Governance Score of 7 or 7 percentile.