MoneyGram International, Inc.

  • This Stock Will Continue to Dominate Its Market

    By Ted Cooper - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    Shares of Western Union (NYSE: WU) have been on a tear since Barron's published a bullish article on the stock in May. The stock traded hands for less than $13 just last fall after management announced a price-cutting plan to regain lost market share in the Mexico corridor and other geographies in which competition had eroded the company's dominance. A debate over the company's long-term viability has more »

  • This Money Transfer Firm Looks Set On Growth Track

    By Rahul Jaiswal - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: MCD, MGI, SBUX, WMT, WU, XOOM

    Moneygram International Inc (NASDAQ: MGI) is the second largest provider of money-transfer services after The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU). The Dallas based firm primarily caters to people without bank accounts and the customers mainly includes foreign workers remitting cash home.

    Started as a small company in 1940, MoneyGram now has twice the number of locations than McDonald's Corp (NYSE: MCD), Starbucks Corp (NASDAQ: SBUX), Subway and Wal-Mart Stores more »

  • An Earnings Beat With Long-Term Potential

    By Timothy Green - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    When money-transfer giant Western Union (NYSE: WU) reported its second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, the stock soared by as much as 9.5% as the results came in far better than analysts expected. The company cut prices on many of its services to better compete with rival MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) and upstart Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM), and while a decline in profits was expected, increased volume caused that decline to be smaller more »

  • What's Driving Sales at this Company?

    By Lalit Kumar - July 31, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    The money transfer industry came under pressure after the 2008 recession. With the high unemployment rate, the remittance business slowed down. But with confidence back in the economy and the unemployment rate on decline, the remittance industry has shown signs of recovery. MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) is the second largest money transfer services company after Western Union (NYSE: WU) with a market share of 5% in the industry. The company is more »

  • This Global Leader in the Money Transfer Business is Really a Buy

    By Anh HOANG - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    After the significant drop on the market in November 2012, Western Union (NYSE: WU) has experienced a nice run-up, climbing from around $12 per share to more than $17.30 per share at the time of writing. Despite the 44% gain, Western Union remains cheap at only 10.9 times its forward earnings. I personally think that there is still decent potential upside for the company in the near future more »

  • This Company’s Affordable Services Bring a Smile to Investors

    By Mark Lin - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    If you were an immigrant worker in the U.S., pricing would be a key consideration for selecting a money-transfer service. Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM) is a digital money-transfer provider, which enables its customers to send to families and friends through the Internet and offers lower transfer charges than its competitors.

    Pricing matters for its customers

    Xoom’s customer base is largely comprised of of immigrant workers in the U.S more »

  • Making Money in the Money-Transfer Business

    By Tushar Agarwal - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    One of the safest ways to invest in today’s volatile markets is to select companies whose products or services will remain in demand even if the global economy takes a downturn, which I sincerely hope it doesn’t!

    The money transfer business…

    Remittance is one such basic service which people need to use to get their personal and professional lives moving. There are immigrants working in the developed countries more »

  • Western Union Is Set to Soar

    By Piyush Arora - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    According to the latest data, India tops the list as the world’s largest market for inward remittances. During 2012, India received $69 billion in remittances while China came in second with $66 billion. However, despite being the largest receiver of foreign funds, India is still one of the fastest growing markets for global money transfers. Naturally companies that have a huge exposure to the country stand to benefit here more »

  • For This Trio, Forget China And Think Mexico

    By Reuben Brewer - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    Everyone is talking about China, but for a trio of international companies Mexico is a bigger story. It's so big that trouble in that single country caused Western Union (NYSE: WU) to lose a third of its value late last year.

    South of the Border

    Western Union is one of the world's largest money transfer services. It has around 500,000 locations in over 200 countries, giving it more »

  • Is this old company worth gifting to our children?

    By Tushar Agarwal - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    The air around Western Union (NYSE: WU) has been negative off late due to several issues. Firstly management announced that it is facing compliance problems in Mexico so it has ended deals with many agents. Apart from this increasing competition from Moneygram International (NASDAQ: MGI), especially in Mexico has led to loss of many more agents. To better compete with its competitors it has reduced its fees and management expects more »

  • Profiting from Wall Street Rumors

    By Callum Turcan - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: EEFT, MGI, WU

    Moneygram International (NASDAQ: MGI) was up 5.35% on Friday as rumors swirled around Wall Street that a buyout of around $20-$27 could happen. That could represent a sharp premium from its $21.45 closing price as of Friday, but is a buyout likely?

    Moneygram posted free cash flow (FCF) of $43.4 million last quarter, which was significantly better than the negative $90.3 million in FCF posted more »

  • There's Upside Potential for This Money Transfer Business

    By Anh HOANG - June 20, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    Recently, the investment community seemed to get excited about MoneyGram International (NASDAQ: MGI) when there were rumor that the company was putting itself up for sale and has talked to several potential buyers. Since the beginning of the year, MoneyGram International has delivered an impressive gain of more than 56.4%, beating the S&P 500’s return of only 15.6%. Is MoneyGram a good buy now? Let’s more »

  • Will Losing This Retail Giant Push Your Investments Into Bankruptcy?

    By Reuben Brewer - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: COT, SJM, MGI

    Exide filed for bankruptcy protection after efforts to restructure following the loss of Wal-Mart as a customer didn't pan out. The largest retailer in the world is a big customers for a lot of companies, which is why it's a good idea to see who else could feel the sting of losing Wal-Mart.

    The 800 lb Gorilla

    Wal-Mart is a giant in the retail space. It sells everything more »

  • How You Can Profit From the Rising Number of Working Expats

    By Cory Renauer - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    If you've never tried to send money abroad, you probably haven't given much thought to how lucrative remittance services can be. According to the World Bank, remittances totaled an estimated $440 billion in 2010. From 2011 to 2012, officially recorded flows to developing countries increased by 8% from $325 billion to $351 billion. Let's take a closer look at two major players and a promising upstart to more »

  • This Global Money Transfer Leader Is Really a Buy

    By Anh HOANG - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    The world is moving to cashless transactions. That is true, but only for the developed economies. A majority of the population, especially in the emerging economies, still uses cash transactions. Because of that simple reason, I have been quite bullish about Western Union (NYSE: WU). Since November 2012, Western Union’s share price has kept going up, from nearly $12 per share to $16 per share, marking a gain of more »

  • Still a Buy After Earnings

    By Timothy Green - May 3, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU, XOOM

    Western Union (NYSE: WU), the money-transfer giant, reported its first quarter earnings on April 30. Revenue declined by 5% year-over-year to $1.325 billion while EPS declined to $0.37, beating analyst estimates by $0.05.

    This decline was expected, as the company has stated that 2013 will be a transitional year. Revenue decreased or was flat in every region, but revenue from westernunion.com rose by 13% and revenue more »

  • Western Union Is Still the Undisputed King!

    By rakesh jaiswal - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, EEFT, MGI, WU

    Western Union(NYSE: WU), despite being at the top of its game for over a century is today selling at a remarkable bargain price. Reason? The company forecasted reduced revenue in 2013 mainly due to pricing pressures and compliance issues in its Mexican business. But I’d take this just as a short term headwind that will bolster the company’s growth in 2014. Thus I think this is the more »

  • Western Union is still the undisputed king!

    By rakesh jaiswal - April 5, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, EEFT, MGI, WU

    Western Union(NYSE: WU), despite being at the top of its game for over a century is today selling at a remarkably bargain price. Reason? The company forecasted reduced revenues in 2013 mainly due to pricing pressures and compliance issues in its Mexican business. But I’d take this just as a short term headwind which will bolster the company’s growth in 2014. Thus I think this is the more »

  • The Bears Are Wrong About This Stock

    By Ted Cooper - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: MGI, WU

    Western Union's (NYSE: WU) stock price has been hit hard by investors' fears that the company's business model is outdated. However, investors who believe this fail to understand the nature of Western Union's business.

    Wonderful Business

    A significant portion of Western Union's business comes from immigrants to rich, developed countries sending cash to relatives in their home country. These transactions are usually non-discretionary -- the money is more »

  • These Companies are Heating Up The Underbanked Niche

    By Reuben Brewer - March 21, 2013 | Tickers: GDOT, MGI, NTSP, TSS, WU

    The merger agreement between Total System Services (NYSE: TSS) and NetSpend Holdings (NASDAQ: NTSP) shows that serving the underbanked population is heating up. Investors should keep an eye on the niche area.

    Prepaid cards

    Total Systems Services is best thought of as the “man behind the curtain,” to quote from The Wizard of Oz. The company is the backbone on which other companies provide electronic payment services. It has a more »

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