Boston Research Management Inc buys $3,075,775 stake in The Western Union Company (WU)

The Western Union Company (WU) : Boston Research Management Inc scooped up 460 additional shares in The Western Union Company during the most recent quarter end , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 10, 2016. The investment management firm now holds a total of 146,675 shares of The Western Union Company which is valued at $3,075,775.The Western Union Company makes up approximately 1.80% of Boston Research Management Inc’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , New South Capital Management Inc reduced its stake in WU by selling 16,010 shares or 2.62% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 596,038 shares of WU which is valued at $12,498,917. The Western Union Company makes up approx 0.30% of New South Capital Management Inc’s portfolio.Assetmark Inc reduced its stake in WU by selling 101 shares or 14.87% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 578 shares of WU which is valued at $12,184.I.g. Investment Management Ltd. boosted its stake in WU in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 215,493 additional shares and now holds a total of 221,502 shares of The Western Union Company which is valued at $4,651,542. The Western Union Company makes up approx 0.02% of I.g. Investment Management Ltd.’s portfolio.Navellier Associates Inc boosted its stake in WU in the latest quarter, The investment management firm added 20,130 additional shares and now holds a total of 47,093 shares of The Western Union Company which is valued at $938,093. The Western Union Company makes up approx 0.14% of Navellier Associates Inc’s portfolio. Lmr Partners Llp added WU to its portfolio by purchasing 32,920 company shares during the most recent quarter which is valued at $658,400. The Western Union Company makes up approx 0.10% of Lmr Partners Llp’s portfolio.

The Western Union Company opened for trading at $21 and hit $21.205 on the upside on Friday, eventually ending the session at $21.2, with a gain of 0.57% or 0.12 points. The heightened volatility saw the trading volume jump to 30,75,680 shares. Company has a market cap of $10,340 M.

On the company’s financial health, The Western Union Company reported $0.42 EPS for the quarter, beating the analyst consensus estimate by $ 0.02 according to the earnings call on Aug 3, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.40. The company had revenue of $1375.70 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $1376.71 million. The company’s revenue was down -.6 % compared to the same quarter last year.During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.41 EPS.

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

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on The Western Union Company. Barclays Downgraded The Western Union Company on Jul 7, 2016 to ” Underweight”, 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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