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.

Many analysts weighed in on price targets for WU. The most optimistic price target was 24, implying potential capital gains of 22.14 percent. The lowest price target was 16, which equates to a potential downside of -18.58 percent. Many analysts are not unbiased in their coverage of stocks, including price targets and stock ratings, so care must be taken in interpreting numbers released by them.

In the last 30 days, analysts have changed their quarterly earnings estimates upwards by an average of 0 percent. This can be compared with the average change in earnings estimates over the past 3 months, which is 1.25 percent. On the other hand, earnings estimates for the fiscal year have been revised upwards by 0 percent, as compared to a month ago. Expanding the time horizon to 3 months, the average change in fiscal year estimates becomes -0.27 percent.

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, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. During this time, 0 analysts made positive revisions in their estimates for this fiscal year's earnings, compared to 0 analysts that revised their FY estimates downwards.

The growth rate of WU's earnings is estimated by analysts to be 264.19 percent. Another measure frequently examined by investors is the PEG ratio. A lower PEG ratio is favorable, because that is often interpreted as the company being fairly priced relative to its growth rate. Many investors consider PEG ratios between 0 and 1 as preferrable, though it could be better to see where the ratio stands relative to peers in the industry. WU has a PEG ratio of 0.16.

In the trailing 52-weeks, WU hit 22.70 at the highest peak, while it's lowest trading point was 18.42. Currently the stock is 6.68 percent higher than its low, and 13.44 percent below the high. WU has a price/earnings 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's next earnings release will be on 0000-00-00, which is days away.