Analyst Ratings for Western Union Co. (WU)

Updated: 2017-07-29

Western Union Co. (NYSE:WU) was awarded an average rating of Hold from investment analysts following the stock. About 30 days ago, WU was issued an average rating of Hold.

Of the 25 analysts covering the stock, 4 gave it a buy rating, 0 gave an overweight rating, 12 issued a hold rating, 2 gave an underweight rating, and 7 issued a sell rating. Over the past 90 days, the number of analysts that are bullish on the stock has increased by 0. Meanwhile, the number of analysts pessimistic about the company has increased by 1.

Several price targets were given for WU by the analysts covering the stock. The most optimistic price target was 24, implying a possible profit of 22.14 percent. The most pessimistic analyst gave a price target of 16, which equates to a potential downside of -18.58 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Over the past month, analysts have revised their estimates for this quarter's earnings, with a net average change of 0 percent. That number becomes 1.25 percent if we expand the time horizon to include the past 3 months instead of just one. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -0.27 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. 0 analysts made positive revisions to their quarterly estimates over the past month, while 0 analysts made negative revisions. Also over the last month, 0 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

Analysts estimate earnings of WU to grow at a rate of 264.19 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. PEG ratios below 1 are often considered desirable, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. The PEG ratio of WU is 0.16.

WU has traded between a high of 22.70 and a low of 18.42 over the past year. Currently the stock is 6.68 percent higher than its low, and 13.44 percent below the high. WU has a P/E ratio of 42.72. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The WU value stock report compares WU to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of WU is $9.28 billion. WU will post this quarters earnings in days, on 0000-00-00.