The Western Union Company (WU): Today's Featured Diversified Services Winner
Western Union Company (WU) pushed the Diversified Services industry higher today making it today's featured diversified services winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Western Union Company rose 26 cents (1.5%) to $17.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4.5 million shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.27-$17.68 after having opened the day at $17.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.38. Other companies within the Diversified Services industry that increased today were: EnerNOC Inc (ENOC), up 22.6%, Essex Rental (ESSX), up 21.9%, China CGame Inc (CCGM), up 20.7%, and Hudson Highland Group Inc (HHGP), up 12.6%. The Western Union Company provides money transfer and payment services worldwide. The company's Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers consumer-to-consumer money transfer services through a network of third-party agents using multi-currency and real-time money transfer processing systems. Western Union Company has a market cap of $10.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. TheStreet Ratings rates The Western Union as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally poor debt management and weak operating cash flow.
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