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How to buy Western Union stock
Learn how to easily invest in Western Union stock.
Western Union is a credit services business based in the US. Western Union shares (WU) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Western Union employs 8,900 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $4.5 billion.
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Western Union stock price (NYSE: WU)Use our graph to track the performance of WU stocks over time.
Western Union shares at a glance
|Latest market close||$10.86|
|52-week range||$9.85 - $18.62|
|50-day moving average||$13.27|
|200-day moving average||$14.55|
|Wall St. target price||$13.53|
|Dividend yield||$0.94 (8.5%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||$2.35|
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Is it a good time to buy Western Union stock?
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Western Union price performance over time
Historical closes compared with the close of $10.86 from 2023-03-24
|1 week (2023-03-15)||N/A|
|1 month (2023-02-24)||-17.04%|
|3 months (2022-12-22)||N/A|
|6 months (2022-09-26)||-19.44%|
|1 year (2022-03-23)||-40.82%|
|2 years (2021-03-26)||-56.78%|
|3 years (2020-03-26)||19.0418|
|5 years (2018-03-23)||15.0574|
Is Western Union stock undervalued or overvalued?
Valuing Western Union stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Western Union's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Western Union's P/E ratio
Western Union's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 5x. In other words, Western Union shares trade at around 5x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Western Union's PEG ratio
Western Union's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 11.1306. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Western Union's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Western Union's EBITDA
Western Union's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.1 billion.
The EBITDA is a measure of a Western Union's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Western Union financials
|Revenue TTM||$4.5 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||19.77%|
|Gross profit TTM||$1.8 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||6.39%|
|Return on equity TTM||218.53%|
|Market capitalisation||$4.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Western Union share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 53.41% of net profits
Recently Western Union has paid out, on average, around 53.41% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 8.5% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Western Union shareholders could enjoy a 8.5% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Western Union's case, that would currently equate to about $0.94 per share.
Western Union's payout ratio would broadly be considered high, and as such this stock could appeal to those looking to generate an income. Bear in mind however that companies should normally also look to re-invest a decent amount of net profits to ensure future growth.
Western Union's most recent dividend payout was on 30 March 2023. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 15 March 2023 (the "ex-dividend date").
Western Union share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Western Union's shares have ranged in value from as little as $9.8503 up to $18.6196. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Western Union's is 0.8986. This would suggest that Western Union's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).
Western Union overview
The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Consumer-to-Consumer and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment facilitates money transfers for international cross-border and intra-country transfers, primarily through a network of retail agent locations, as well as through websites and mobile devices. The Business Solutions segment provides payment and foreign exchange solutions, primarily cross-border and cross-currency transactions for small and medium size enterprises, other organizations, and individuals; and foreign currency forward and option contracts. It also offers bill payment services that facilitates payments from consumers to businesses and other organizations, as well as offers money order and other services. The company was founded in 1851 and is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. .
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Frequently asked questionsWhat percentage of Western Union is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.838% of Western Union shares are held by insiders and 104.604% by institutions. How many people work for Western Union?
Latest data suggests 8,900 work at Western Union. When does the fiscal year end for Western Union?
Western Union's fiscal year ends in December. Where is Western Union based?
Western Union's address is: 7001 East Belleview Avenue, Denver, CO, United States, 80237 What is Western Union's ISIN number?
Western Union's international securities identification number is: US9598021098 What is Western Union's CUSIP number?
Western Union's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 959802109
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