Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc Lowers stake in The Western Union Company (WU)

The Western Union Company (WU) : Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc reduced its stake in The Western Union Company by 2.88% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 473,766 shares of The Western Union Company which is valued at $9.1 Million after selling 14,025 shares in The Western Union Company , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on May 12, 2016.The Western Union Company makes up approximately 1.75% of Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Pettyjohn Wood White Inc boosted its stake in WU in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 2,300 additional shares and now holds a total of 79,817 shares of The Western Union Company which is valued at $1.5 Million. The Western Union Company makes up approx 0.63% of Pettyjohn Wood White Inc’s portfolio.Amalgamated Bank boosted its stake in WU in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 4,862 additional shares and now holds a total of 20,419 shares of The Western Union Company which is valued at $391,636. The Western Union Company makes up approx 0.04% of Amalgamated Bank’s portfolio. Heartland Advisors Inc sold out all of its stake in WU during the most recent quarter. The investment firm sold 11,185 shares of WU which is valued $212,515.Quantbot Technologies Lp boosted its stake in WU in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 22,950 additional shares and now holds a total of 106,409 shares of The Western Union Company which is valued at $2.1 Million. The Western Union Company makes up approx 0.33% of Quantbot Technologies Lp’s portfolio.

The Western Union Company opened for trading at $19.01 and hit $19.34 on the upside on Friday, eventually ending the session at $19.25, with a gain of 1.91% or 0.36 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 36,81,811 shares. Company has a market cap of $9,454 M.

On the company’s financial health, The Western Union Company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, missing the analyst consensus estimate by $ -0.01 based on the information available during the earnings call on May 3, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.38. The company had revenue of $1297.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $1313.67 million. The company’s revenue was down -1.8 % compared to the same quarter last year.During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.39 EPS.

Investors should note that on May 12, 2016, The Western Union Company announced a cash dividend of $0.1600. The company’s management has announced Jun 14, 2016 as the ex-dividend date and fixed the record date on Jun 16, 2016. The payable date has been fixed on Jun 30, 2016.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on The Western Union Company. Compass Point Initiated The Western Union Company on Apr 15, 2016 to “Neutral”, Price Target of the shares are set at $20.

The Western Union Company (Western Union) is a global provider of money movement and payment services. The Company classifies its businesses into three: Consumer-to-Consumer Consumer-to-Business and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer operating segment facilitates money transfers between two consumers primarily through a network of third-party agents. The Consumer-to-Business operating segment facilitates bill payments from consumers to businesses and other organizations including utilities auto finance companies mortgage servicers financial service providers government agencies and other businesses. The Consumer-to-Business payments services are available through a variety of services that include Speedpay Pago Facil and Western Union Payments. The Business Solutions operating segment facilitates payment and foreign exchange solutions primarily cross-border cross-currency transactions for small and medium size enterprises and other organizations and individuals.

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