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Shares of The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-one analysts that are covering the stock, ARN reports. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $18.22.

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) opened at 17.00 on Tuesday. The Western Union Company has a 52-week low of $14.60 and a 52-week high of $19.50. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $17.27 and a 200-day moving average of $16.39. The company has a market cap of $9.006 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 11.83.

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) last released its earnings data on Thursday, July 31st. The company reported $0.36 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.36. The company had revenue of $1.41 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.42 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $0.36 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 1.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that The Western Union Company will post $1.47 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 30th. Investors of record on Monday, September 15th will be paid a dividend of $0.125 per share. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.94%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 11th.

WU has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of The Western Union Company in a research note on Thursday. They now have a $17.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $16.00. Separately, analysts at Barclays reiterated an “underweight” rating on shares of The Western Union Company in a research note on Friday, August 1st. They now have a $18.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $17.00. Finally, analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “underweight” rating on shares of The Western Union Company in a research note on Tuesday, July 29th. They now have a $18.00 price target on the stock, up previously from $17.00.

The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) is engaged in money movement and payment services.

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