Western Union

  • 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 »

  • Can this old dog learn new tricks?

    By Jordan Wathen - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: MA, V, WU, XOOM

    Aging businesses tend to get complacent, especially when they have legacy monopoly power. Think airlines, phonebook publishers, and local newspapers. Before deregulation, the internet, and the rise of blogging, these three industries were some of the best in the world when it came to profitability.

    Technology is changing more than print media and business class flights. Entrenched money transfer services face new tech-savvy competitors who want a slice of a 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 »

  • These Three Companies Are Undervalued

    By Rupert Hargreaves - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: DE, GS, WU

    Earnings yield is a valuation method used by some analysts to compare individual companies to the rest of the market and government bonds, in particular, the risk-free 10-year Treasury. Currently the earnings yield for the S&P 500 stands at 5.1%, while the current 10-year Treasury yield is about 2.5% - indicating that the market as a whole is undervalued compared to bonds.

    What about individual companies? Well, surprisingly 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 »

  • Forget Bitcoin, Buy These Money Transfer Stocks

    By Reuben Brewer - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, WU, XOOM

    The Winklevoss twins of Facebook fame are looking to create a Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF). That's a bad idea, particularly since the validity of the currency is questionable at best. Investors looking for money changers should consider Western Union (NYSE: WU), Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM), and eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) instead.

    What's Bitcoin?

    Bitcoin is a “currency” that is used on the Internet and isn't backed by any more »

  • A Safer Way To Play Emerging Markets

    By Reuben Brewer - July 16, 2013 | Tickers: ABB, TUP, WU

    “Emerging markets performance this year so far has been a disaster,” says Russ Koesterich, Chief Investment Strategist for BlackRock. However, he still sees these countries as “a long-term value investment.” That said, over the next six months or so he suggests investors “selectively trim” this exposure. Consider shifting into Western Union (NYSE: WU), ABB (NYSE: ABB), and Tupperware (NYSE: TUP) to keep a toe in the water.

    Still a Good 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 »

  • 4 Cheap Dividend Stocks for Income Investors

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: HUN, SLM, WLP, WU

    Several renowned investors have pursued a strategy of investing in stocks with low price-earnings multiples. Stocks with low P/E ratios could be mispriced relative to their peers and could represent companies with low implied growth. However, some low P/E stocks represent good value plays that are subject to near-term adversity, which is negatively affecting their profitability, without denting their long-term earnings growth prospects.

    In the current market, there 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 »

  • Don't Ignore the Boring Stocks

    By Timothy Green - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: CSCO, SPLS, WU | Editor's Choice

    It's easy to get a little too excited about the next big thing. Investors throw their money into stocks like Tesla, 3D printing companies, or new cloud-based tech IPOs, expecting far more than these companies can realistically deliver. At the same time these investors ignore the stocks of mature companies operating in boring industries, often missing fantastic opportunities in the process. Three stocks that fall into this category, all more »

  • Two Metrics That Will Boost Your Investment Returns

    By Ted Cooper - June 14, 2013 | Tickers: KO, F, WU

    Warren Buffett made the bulk of his fortune by paying low prices for companies with durable competitive advantages. Though he is universally considered to be one of the greatest investors of all time, few investors follow in his footsteps by purchasing great businesses at low prices. The allure of popular companies like Apple, Tesla, and Lululemon distract investors from the opportunities where money is really made. If, instead of buying more »

  • Goldman Sachs Weighs in on the Dividend Debate

    By John Macris - June 12, 2013 | Tickers: F, GE, WU

    Financial markets have delivered a strong performance in the first half of 2013.

    The impressive returns YTD have caught everyone by surprise, including the major investment firms on Wall Street which are now hastily raising their full-year targets on the S&P 500. Analysts at Goldman Sachs raised their S&P targets through 2015; the index is now expected to reach 1,750 by year-end 2013. This is significantly higher more »

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