Western Union Company (WU): Today's Featured Financial Services Laggard

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Western Union Company ( WU) pushed the Financial Services industry lower today making it today's featured Financial Services laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Western Union Company fell $0.21 (-1.1%) to $18.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,207,142 shares of Western Union Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,117,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.47-$18.86 after having opened the day at $18.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.72. Other companies within the Financial Services industry that declined today were: WisdomTree Global Real Return Fund ( RRF), down 6.4%, Cash Store Financial Services ( CSFS), down 4.7%, SWS Group ( SWS), down 3.4% and PowerShares DB Agriculture Double Short ETN ( AGA), down 3.1%.

The Western Union Company provides money movement and payment services worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Consumer-to-Consumer, Consumer-to-Business, and Business Solutions. The Consumer-to-Consumer segment offers cash money transfer services involving walk-in agent locations. Western Union Company has a market cap of $10.3 billion and is part of the financial sector. Shares are up 37.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Western Union Company a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Union Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, GAIN Capital Holdings ( GCAP), up 18.5%, Paulson Capital ( PLCC), up 15.3%, Altisource Asset Management Corporation ( AAMC), up 5.6% and Mesabi ( MSB), up 5.1% , were all gainers within the financial services industry with Capital One Financial ( COF) being today's featured financial services industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the financial services industry could consider Financial Select Sector SPDR ( XLF) while those bearish on the financial services industry could consider Proshares Short Financials ( SEF).

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