News stories about The Western Union (NYSE:WU) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm scores the sentiment of press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The Western Union earned a media sentiment score of 0.05 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news articles about the credit services provider an impact score of 44.9791263359858 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- The Strange Case of the Russian Spy Poisoning (consortiumnews.com)
- How Vladimir Putin went from a ‘nervous’ Tony Blair wannabe to the world’s most feared leader due to ‘cocaine-style’ addiction to power (thesun.co.uk)
- China’s New Panda Park Will Be The Size Of Massachusetts (fastcompany.com)
- Western Union Business Solutions opens new office (timesofmalta.com)
- Could ridesharing on the water work in Western Washington? (mynorthwest.com)
Shares of The Western Union (NYSE WU) traded down $0.13 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $20.24. 644,201 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 6,038,894. The firm has a market capitalization of $9,245.68, a PE ratio of 11.25, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.44 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.17, a current ratio of 0.82 and a quick ratio of 0.82. The Western Union has a 1-year low of $18.39 and a 1-year high of $22.21.
The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 30th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 16th will be paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.75%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, March 15th. This is a positive change from The Western Union’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. The Western Union’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is -56.00%.
Several research firms have recently commented on WU. ValuEngine upgraded shares of The Western Union from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. TheStreet lowered shares of The Western Union from a “b-” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 13th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of The Western Union from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. William Blair restated a “market perform” rating on shares of The Western Union in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Mizuho raised shares of The Western Union from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $16.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Wednesday, February 14th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.85.
In related news, insider Amintore Schenkel sold 15,600 shares of The Western Union stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.99, for a total value of $343,044.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 93,694 shares in the company, valued at $2,060,331.06. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Jean Claude Farah sold 50,813 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.50, for a total transaction of $1,092,479.50. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 152,362 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,275,783. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company 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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