There may be slightly higher risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading than during regular market hours. Due to the fact that issuers often announce critical financial information outside of regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities. After-hours trades for The Western Union Company (WU) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$0.01, or -0.08%, to $11.99. The The Western Union Company has recorded 221,523 volume in the after hours trading session. Recently, Yahoo Finance discussed the stock, revealing that Western Union Announces $0.235 Quarterly Dividend.
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As a NYSE listed company, WU falls under the Financial sector while operating within the Credit Services industry segment. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $12.00 and fluctuated between $12.37 as its day high and $11.99 as its day low. The current market capitalization of The Western Union Company is $4.57B. A total of 4.97 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 9.71M shares.
Aside from predicting where a stock will go, investors also consider insider trades as an indicator of the stock’s future direction. During the recent three months, WU has seen 21 BUY and 16 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 514,677 and the disposition of 26,063 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 23 BUYs and 21 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 606,315 shares during that period but sold 200,995.
In the most recent transaction, JOERRES JEFFREY A bought 7,745 shares of WU for 12.84 per share on Nov 07. After the transaction, the Non-Executive Chairman now owns 167,337 company shares.
Investors prefer companies that pay dividends because dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate a positive outlook. The Western Union Company pays an annual dividend of $0.94, resulting in a dividend yield of 7.83%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 5.99. WU’s most recent ex-dividend date was 6/15/2023 when it declared a $0.2350 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 6/30/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 3/31/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 3/16/2023. The WU stock dividend was $0.2350 per share in cash.
In spite of price targets being rarely accurate, it tends to exert some kind influence from time to time, and was often accepted by the market as having some value. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for WU in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $12.19 with high estimates of $18.00 and low estimates of $10.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, WU has a high of $18.23 and a low of $10.07.
As of this writing, WU has an earnings estimate of $0.39 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 19 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.44 per share and a lower estimate of $0.36. The company reported an EPS of $0.32 in the last quarter, which was -8.60% lower than expectations of $0.35.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
The balance sheet of a company shows what assets and liabilities a company has, as well as the amount, equity investors have invested. With the help of this information, a company’s financial ratios can be calculated to give investors an overview of the company’s prospects. WU’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $1.21B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $3.01B in debt and $1.32B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $1.48, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $355.60M.
The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for WU is Buy with a score of 2.63.