5-Star Stocks That Just Got Smoked: Western Union
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, money transfer giant Western Union (NYS: WU) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Western Union and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Western Union facts
Englewood, Colo. (1851)
Data processing and outsourced services
CEO Hikmet Ersek (since 2010)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)
$1.4 billion / $3.4 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 1,582 members who have rated Western Union believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Western Union is a cash flow machine and in addition to the recent lower guidance which took center stage, management announced another share repurchase program to total $750 [million] or 10% of market cap. Since 2006 it has bought back $4.6 [b]illion of its own shares. ... The money transfer business is just not going away and if [Western Union] as the largest player is facing additional costs, imagine the hardship the smaller competitors are dealing with and how their costs are affected.
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The article 5-Star Stocks That Just Got Smoked: Western Union originally appeared on Fool.com.Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Western Union. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend American Express and Western Union. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.
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