The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU)

CAPS Rating: 3 out of 5

The Company deals in money transfer, providing people with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send money around the world, pay bills and purchase money orders.

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Member Avatar Rake80 (58.92) Submitted: 5/6/2015 11:16:48 AM : Underperform Start Price: $22.30 WU Score: +14.25

Yes. Website sucks. Try 10 attempts and one might go through. Customer service in Europe is non-existant or sloppy. They even asked me to provide them with error codes ( How pathetic could their programmers be??). Fees are horrenduous. Hidden Fees (on bad Forex quotes) are even worse. Transferwise and Azimo LTD in UK and OzForex in Australia will disrupt them. If customers hate them( and I do!), then they are doomed. You can fool most of the people most of the times, but not forever.

They used to have a moat in the old school world of post office banks. Not anymore. It's an obvious short to me. I started a short position on today's jump.

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Member Avatar TMFCavalier (71.63) Submitted: 2/18/2015 2:27:05 PM : Underperform Start Price: $19.05 WU Score: -0.93

Western Union's competitive advantage - its network of money transfer locations - is becoming less and less relevant. Technology is making alternatives more reliable and cheaper. And it isn't just competitors taking aim at WU, the G20 and World Bank have made it a goal to lower remittance fees around the world. Many headwinds for the company and no inspiring change from the company on the horizon - underperform.

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Member Avatar Milo107 (31.39) Submitted: 2/13/2015 9:57:17 PM : Underperform Start Price: $18.71 WU Score: -2.61

Too much competition from online transactions.
SA sell.

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Member Avatar ruinas (53.69) Submitted: 2/11/2015 4:19:44 PM : Underperform Start Price: $18.13 WU Score: -5.09

poor management -can this company be saved?

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Member Avatar TMFJMo (74.80) Submitted: 7/7/2014 1:28:43 PM : Underperform Start Price: $16.90 WU Score: -7.49

Competitive position slowly eroding as technology disrupts this business. Project Greenback 2.0 will continue to minimize costs thereby limiting WU's profitability; margins will suffer. Look to the capital-light players in the space that have built their businesses based on technology from the ground up.

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Member Avatar jds47 (35.16) Submitted: 7/4/2014 11:18:53 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.89 WU Score: +7.70

Broad moat - 90+ % revenue from overseas where there is little organized competition. Low current price (PE 10). Decent yield 2.8%

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Member Avatar racoveanul (83.51) Submitted: 7/3/2014 11:47:37 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.83 WU Score: +8.29

I picked this stock because it is rated 10 by Stockscouter, it has a dividend and a beta computed by Yahoo Finance of more than 1.

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks14 (< 20) Submitted: 6/13/2014 9:40:59 AM : Outperform Start Price: $14.93 WU Score: +12.24

Div. (Yield) $0.50 (3.1%)

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Member Avatar Daedalus21 (49.61) Submitted: 5/8/2014 11:13:25 PM : Underperform Start Price: $15.65 WU Score: -11.00

I've held this company for 5 years with the hopes its business would expand profitably and the dividend would act as a nice cherry on the cake. Unfortunately, with increased competition, increased regulation costs, and decreased revenues, I've decided to close my position. I think WU may fluctuate up and down, possibly even going up over the next few years, but I believe there are better growth names to put money in to at this time.

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Member Avatar mitchgibb (< 20) Submitted: 5/1/2014 3:06:01 PM : Underperform Start Price: $15.26 WU Score: -14.25

Increasing expenses and declining revenue...not a good model.

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Member Avatar BigJockGuy (< 20) Submitted: 4/17/2014 3:50:23 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.70 WU Score: +18.07

WU pays a good dividend, has great market penetration, and is actively working on its cost structures. What's not to like?

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks11 (21.30) Submitted: 3/22/2014 12:23:47 AM : Outperform Start Price: $12.27 WU Score: +9.17

Div. (Yield) $0.50 (3.0%)
Current Yield . . . . . . 3.92%

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Member Avatar roguer (< 20) Submitted: 3/10/2014 10:14:33 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.02 WU Score: +8.14

Network effect, massive free cash flow. As economy recovers so should wu. Will maintain dominant position in overseas monetary transfer.

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Member Avatar rocker20 (< 20) Submitted: 2/15/2014 11:02:12 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.58 WU Score: +9.45

Chosen based on list of Price/Div/5 year dividend growth

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Member Avatar awallejr (75.48) Submitted: 12/6/2013 11:29:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.93 WU Score: +5.10

Valuation with yield.

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Member Avatar jamis2001 (47.74) Submitted: 9/13/2013 4:12:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $17.79 WU Score: -14.20

Making inroads in mobile and pricing against the competition

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Member Avatar HVSTmoon (< 20) Submitted: 8/14/2013 3:49:59 AM : Outperform Start Price: $15.99 WU Score: -4.01

Invisible, under appreciated, forgotten... until you realize that this pal has always be there for you. Slowly but steadily beating the market.
Using the DDM (Dividend Discount Model) - it's is worth about $25 --> D / (r-g) = (0.50)/ (0.10-0.08) = $25.
Rate of return of 10%, and dividend growth rate of 8%.

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Member Avatar bettyeu (50.78) Submitted: 8/11/2013 6:11:48 AM : Outperform Start Price: $17.37 WU Score: -13.56

Major player in wiring money

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Member Avatar huddaman (99.36) Submitted: 6/28/2013 3:42:33 PM : Outperform Start Price: $16.19 WU Score: -11.26

M* wide

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Member Avatar nassariuscapTA (54.71) Submitted: 3/13/2013 3:21:44 AM : Outperform Start Price: $13.49 WU Score: +7.75

lp

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