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3/25/14Stock Ideas With Dividend Growth And Double-Digit Earnings Growth Forecasts (The DIV-Net)

I always look for investment opportunities that offer growth and dividends combined.  This weekend, I've summarized some stocks with over 5 years of consecutive dividend growth and expected 5-Year earnings growth above 10 percent yearly.  It's hard to find cheap stocks that grow safely, especially when the overall market is really ambitious valuated. Below are six stock ideas from each of the popular dividend growth categories (Dividend Champions, Dividend...

1/9/14SunTrust Banks Inc. (NYSE:STI) ~ Consumers Now Have More Options to Send Money Transfers, Pay Bil... (Jutia Group)

[PR Newswire] - ENGLEWOOD, Colo. and ATLANTA, Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, and SunTrust Bank, one of the nation's largest banking organizations, ... Read more on this. SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI), currently valued at $20.14B, began trading this morning at $37.48. [...]

5/3/13(WU) Western Union Partners Bancoppel (Stock Blog Hub)

Recently, The Western Union Company (WU), a leading financial services and communications business has inked a five-year agreement with a Mexican financial and retail services institution – Bancoppel. The deal allows Bancoppel to offer Western Union global money transfer services. As per the deal, Bancoppel will provide Western Union services at about 1,000 locations across Mexico. [...]

4/1/13(WU) Western Union Stays at Neutral (Stock Blog Hub)

We have reiterated our recommendation on Western Union Co. (WU) at Neutral following the fourth-quarter 2012 earnings release. Western Union reported a solid fourth quarter, which included a 20.0% positive earnings surprise. We remain confident on the company’s long-term growth prospects. However, over the near term, earnings will remain under pressure due to regulatory and macroeconomic [...]

2/26/13(WU) WU Expands Mobile Money Service – Analyst Blog (Stock Blog Hub)

In an effort to expand its mobile money transfer service, Western Union Co. (WU) has announced a strategic agreement with, Ericsson (ERIC). Per the agreement the company has certified Ericsson Wallet Platform via which customers using their mobile phones can transfer money through their phones. Both the companies will complement each other in the capability, given [...]

1/16/13Lock in a Fast-Rising Dividend with this Great Retirement Savings Stock (Jutia Group)

The best dividend-paying stocks are often familiar names that have been around forever, but don't get much attention from analysts. And right now is the best time to invest in stocks that pretty much provide investors with a steady stream of income that grows bigger year after year. Such is the case with Western Union (NYSE: [...]

5/14/12(WU) Western Union Reports In Line Earnings – Affirms Outlook (Stock Blog Hub)

The world’s leading money transfer company, Western Union Co. (WU), reported first quarter operating earnings of 40 cents per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings increased 14% on a year–over-year basis, mainly on the back of strong margin improvement in the Global Business Payments unit and lower share count. Western Union’s revenues for [...]

3/26/12(WU) Western Union Launches WU Pay (Stock Blog Hub)

In a conscious effort to expand its e-payment service, Western Union Co. (WU) has announced the launch of WU Pay. The recently launched platform will enable customers to pay for their online purchases from their bank’s online pay service or in cash at any of the company’s agent locations. WU Pay is also of great use [...]

2/10/12Western Union's Moat (Barel Karsan)

Western Union's (WU) P/E fell below 10 the other day as a weaker than expected outlook resulted in a share price fall of almost 10%. The stock now trades some 30% lower than it did in 2008 even though the company's profits are higher now than they were then as the company has clearly benefited from having a moat. Western Union gets the vast majority of its revenues (and profits) from consumer to consumer money transfers. For example, an immigrant in the US will go to one of Western Union's...

12/5/11Report On The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) Stock Picks (Penny Stock DD)

Stock Performance: The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) surged by 0.69% and closed at $17.55 whereas overall traded volume stood at 7.49 million shares for the last trading session as compare to its average volume stood at 6.30 million. The current market price is 5.82% more than its last 50 days simple moving average. The company stands [...]

12/1/11(MA) MasterCard Allies with Western Union (Stock Blog Hub)

In an attempt to expand its prepaid card offering, yesterday, card giant – MasterCard Inc. (MA) announced a global strategic alliance with money transfer giant – Western Union Co. (WU) – to offer consumer-friendly prepaid card service across the latter’s multiple non-US locations. According to the agreement, MasterCard is offering a prepaid card that will enable [...]

11/21/11Western Union: My Morning Pick (Morningpick)

Good morning traders and investors, Last week was horrendous if you were longing stocks, commodities, or futures. And this morning it does not look pretty. Stock futures and commodities are both trading lower. Go shorts. But I am not surprised. After all, October was a very bullish month so now its time for traders to double up and short. With that said my morning pick is Western Union WU. Morningstar's Wide Moat Focus Index lists Western Union highlighting their strong network and cost...

10/24/11The Western Union Company Earnings Estimate $WU (Robert Weinstein Trading Blog)

Earnings Overview for The Western Union Company (WU) By Robert Weinstein The Western Union Company (WU) is expected to report earnings for last fiscal quarter after the closing bell on October 25, 2011. WU trades an average of 6.8 million shares per day. The Western Union Company provides money transfer and payment services worldwide. The company was [...]

10/20/11(WU) Western Union – Bull of the Day (Stock Blog Hub)

We are upgrading our recommendation on Western Union (WU) to Outperform from Neutral before its third quarter earnings release, as we believe that the leading global money transfer company is set to benefit from a growing remittances market. The Zacks consensus estimates third quarter earnings at 39 cents per share, which translate into an expected [...]

9/20/11(WU) Western Union Rolls Out New Service (Stock Blog Hub)

Western Union Business Solutions, a unit of world’s leading money transfer company Western Union Co. (WU), has announced in agreement with TouchNet the introduction of an integrated cross-border payment system for international students. The new service will provide the international students with twin benefits. They will be able to make payments for their tuition fees in [...]

8/28/1110 stocks to watch in the week ahead (Penny Stock DD)

There are few companies capable of reaching more people in more places than Western Union (WU +1.06%, news). The world's biggest provider of money-transfer services has a global network of 470,000 agents deployed across 200 countries and territories. The Englewood, Colo., company handles more than 600 million payment transfers a year. Hikmet Ersek marks his first anniversary [...]

7/6/11(WU) Western Union to Buy Travelex (Stock Blog Hub)

Yesterday, Western Union Co. (WU) announced that it has entered into an agreement with London-based foreign exchange company Travelex Group to purchase its global business payments arm. Travelex Group –Travelex Limited, Travelex Currency Services, Inc., Travelex Holdings Limited and Travelex Canada Limited – are also involved in the agreement. The acquisition, which is valued at $606 [...]

7/5/11(WU) Western Union Business Solutions for UAE (Stock Blog Hub)

World’s leading money transfer company Western Union Co. (WU) has recently announced the debut of its international business payments service, Western Union Business Solutions, for small and medium-sized enterprises in the UAE through a five-year agreement with Emirates International Exchange. This agreement with a leading exchange house in the Middle East that deals primarily in [...]

7/1/11(WU) Western Union to Launch an Innovative Card (Stock Blog Hub)

World’s leading money transfer company Western Union Co. (WU) has recently announced that it would launch a Western Union Money Transfer Receive Card, which would set in a  new hassle-free way to receive money transfer from across the globe. The cards, which will be available at select Western Union Agent locations this summer, can be picked [...]

6/29/11(RF) Regions Teams with Western Union (Stock Blog Hub)

Yesterday, Regions Bank, a subsidiary of Regions Financial Corp. (RF) entered into an agreement with Western Union Co. (WU), a leader in global payment services, to enhance services offered to its customers. Under the terms of the deal, Regions will provide Western Union global money transfer services and faster bill payment services across its 1,700 [...]

4/7/11(WU) Western Union Announces Executive Changes (Stock Blog Hub)

Western Union Co. (WU) announced further changes at its executive levels earlier this week. The changes include Stewart Stockdale being appointed as the Executive Vice President (EVP) and President of Global Consumer Financial Services; David Yates as the EVP and President for Business Development and Innovation; and Diane Scott as the EVP and Chief Marketing Officer. The [...]

12/29/10TLP: Sending Money to Cuba and Feeling 'Super Good' About It (Jr Deputy Accountant)

As Cubans continue to wait out Fidel — 51 years and counting — those who receive cash from the United States are getting a bonus, thanks to a change in currency regulations. Reuters: The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control has licensed Western Union to pay out remittances in Cuban currency instead of U.S. dollars, avoiding a local 10 percent surcharge on the greenback. Previously, U.S. restrictions forced Western Union, the principal company allowed to send cash...

12/14/10Reasons to Put Your Money in Western Union (Penny Stock DD)

How many of you when in college or in the service ran into a temporary cash flow problem and placed the call: "Mom can you please send me a few bucks by Western Union to tide me over?" The Western Union Company (WU) is a leading provider of global money-transfer services. Together [...]

10/27/10Western Union Reports Strong 3Q Performance (Benzinga)

Beyond the pre-announced positive revenue surprise, the key highlight for investors in Western Union 's (NYSE: WU) 3Q10 was the strong margin performance in the core C2C unit. Margins have improved strongly YTD despite the price discounting changes in the US – this is partly due to the progress on agent commissions and the natural leverage in the business but note also that the price discounting has been uncommonly successful in driving up transaction volume. WU should show improved EPS...

10/26/10Earnings Cheat Sheet: Western Union Delivers Upside Growth (Wall St. Cheat Sheet)

Company executives stroked confidence to shareholders by raising 2010 year-end numbers.

10/26/10Western Union Reports Third Quarter EPS of $.38 (Benzinga)

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) today reported financial results for the 2010 third quarter. Financial highlights for the quarter included: Revenue of $1.3 billion, an increase of 1% compared to last year's third quarter Constant currency adjusted revenue increase of 3% Restructuring expenses of $14 million, or $10 million after-tax, related to organizational changes and other actions described in the Company's May 27, 2010 press release Operating income margin of 26%,...

10/4/10Western Union August Banco De Mexico Transfer Volume Improved (Benzinga)

Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) August Banco De Mexico money transfer volume improved significantly with volume up 9% from the prior year. In an article J.P.Morgan writes, "August electronic transactions were up 4.5% y/y (vs. 0.5% in July '10). Average transaction amount increased to $322 in August '10 vs. $323 in July '10, better than the seasonal trends. WU, which pre-announced its preliminary 3Q results last week, expects to grow its Mexico transactions by 2% in the September quarter,...

9/30/10Goldman Discusses Western Union's Announcement (WU) (Benzinga)

Goldman Sachs discusses The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) earnings pre-announcement, as the company released preliminary numbers ahead of its investor day, which is today. In the research note, Goldman writes, "On the C-to-C side, WU management estimates that revenue increased by 1% yoy or 3% yoy on a constant-currency basis, which is slightly better than our current forecast of -1% yoy. On the C-to-B side, management estimates that revenue increased by 4% yoy including Custom House or...

9/30/10Citi Says Buy Western Union (WU) (Benzinga)

Citi Investment Research has a Buy rating and a $22 price target on shares of The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), after the company pre-announced earnings yesterday. In the research report, Citi writes, "WU provided preliminary 3Q revenue metrics that are slightly above consensus expectations ahead of its 2010 Investor Day in NYC on Thursday. Revenue trends appear to be improving slowly, which is consistent with our multi-year thesis on modest growth improvements as global economies...

9/30/10Deutsche Bank Happy That Western Union Delivers (WU) (Benzinga)

Deutsche Bank has thoughts on The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), after the company pre-announced its earnings yesterday. It has a $17 price target and a Hold rating on shares. In the research note, Deutsche Bank writes, "While we appreciate that tonight's release gives WU more freedom to discuss current trends at the meeting tomorrow, we think this could be the extent of incremental financial news that WU is prepared to share with the Street, which would confirm our belief that WU is not...

9/30/10Western Union Announces Preliminary 3Q Results (Benzinga)

JP Morgan has published a research report for The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU). In the report, JP Morgan writes "Revenue growth of 1% (1% on organic constant currency basis) was better than our estimate of flat growth. C2C revenue growth of 1% (3% in constant currency) was also ahead of our estimate of -1% decline (+2% in constant currency). C2B revenue increased by 4% (-7% excluding Custom House) compared with our estimate of 3% (-9% excluding Custom House)." JP Morgan reiterates its...

9/29/10Western Union Affirms Outlook (Benzinga)

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) today reports preliminary revenue and transaction estimates for the 2010 third quarter. The Company will be hosting an Investor Day in New York on September 30. “We have made good progress this year, and we continue to have solid transaction growth,” said Western Union President and CEO, Hikmet Ersek. Ersek added, “I am pleased with our recent performance and strongly believe in the long-term opportunities to build on our strengths. We look...

9/29/10Western Union Reports Estimated Third Quarter Business Trends; Revenue up 1% (Benzinga)

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) today reports preliminary revenue and transaction estimates for the 2010 third quarter. The Company will be hosting an Investor Day in New York on September 30. The Company's revenue increased 1%. Constant currency revenue increased 3%, or 1% excluding Custom House. The constant currency growth rate was consistent with the second quarter. The Company's consumer-to-consumer revenue increased 1%, while constant currency revenue increased 3%....

9/29/10Top 4 NYSE Stocks In The Services Sector With The Highest ROE (IHG, CPY, WU, SIX) (Benzinga)

Below are the top service stocks on the NYSE in terms of return on equity. The trailing-twelve-month return on equity at Intercontinental Hotels Group Plc (NYSE: IHG) is 1,190.63%. IHG's operating margin over the same period is 25.13%. The trailing-twelve-month return on equity at CPI Corp (NYSE: CPY) is 260.61%. CPY's earnings are likely to surge by 25.13% this year. The trailing-twelve-month return on equity at Western Union Co (NYSE: WU) is 243.28%. WU's operating margin over the...

9/28/10Deutsche Bank Maintains Hold On WU Ahead Of Analyst Day (Benzinga)

Deutsche Bank maintains its Hold rating on Western Union (NYSE: WU) ahead of analyst day on Sep 30. This is the new CEO's first big meeting with the Street, refreshed outline of LT growth strategy could be in order, but Deutsche Bank thinks Western Union will remain hesitant to attach specific growth rates to that strategy. For the stock to rally, it would likely take a major transformational announcement of some sort, which is viewed as highly unlikely. But we Deutsche Bank also...

8/12/10Same Issues, Different Choices? (Financial Armageddon)

In "Gen-Y Now Taking Cash Advances From Pets," Infectious Greed's Paul Kedrosky highlights an interesting graph from a Western Union survey that sheds some light on how the younger generation is coping with challenging economic conditions. While their responses match...

7/8/10(WU) Western Union Expands in Japan (Stock Blog Hub)

The world’s leading money transfer company, Western Union Co. (WU), yesterday announced that it has tied up with a leading foreign-exchange specialist company, Travelex Group Limited. Western Union intends to offer its international money transfer services in Japan. Western Union has been registered in Japan following the country’s new Financial Settlement Act in June 2009. This [...]

4/27/10Today's Leading Industry (Samurai Trader)

Today's leading industry is personal services, a 20 stock group that has only 7 stocks in positive territory, but the top 2 by market cap, WU and HRB, are both up by quite a bit, WU on earnings, HRB on an upgrade. This is a growup that has done very little in the last 6 months in terms of relative strength. It is a severely lagging group that has failed to keep pace with the rest of the market, and it would figure that it would be leading on a day of severe market weakness.

4/5/10(WU) Fifth Third Bancorp Joins Western Union’s Network (Stock Blog Hub)

Last week, Western Union Co. (WU) announced the completion of its previously announced service offering through Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB). Western Union entered into an agreement with Fifth Third Bank last year to provide money remittance service to its customers. The service will be open across all the 1,300 bank locations of Fifth Third in 12 [...]

3/29/10(WU) Western Union Prices New 2020 Notes (Stock Blog Hub)

Money transfer company Western Union Inc. (WU) yesterday announced the pricing of its new issue of notes due 2020. The exchange price has been set at $1,070.10 for each $1,000 principal amount of old notes tendered. Western Union, which announced the new issue of notes earlier during the month, is doing so to exchange $500 million [...]

3/18/10(WU) Western Union Refinances Debt (Stock Blog Hub)

Money transfer company Western Union Inc. (WU) yesterday announced that it has started exchanging its outstanding 5.4% notes aggregating $500 million in principal due 2011 with a new issue of notes. The new notes will carry an interest rate of 135 basis points over and above the 10-year Treasury yield, expiring in April 2020. The exchange [...]

3/4/10(WU) Western Union Company – Bear of the Day (Stock Blog Hub)

The Western Union Company's (WU) fourth quarter earnings narrowed compared to the prior-year quarter as a result of lower transaction volumes due to ongoing market challenges and the dilutive effects of recent acquisitions. However, we believe that the company's strong brand name, network expertise and financial strength will position it well for long term profitability. Moreover, [...]

2/23/10(WU) Western Union Company – Bear of the Day (Stock Blog Hub)

We are initiating coverage on Western Union Co. (WU) with an Underperform rating. The company's fourth quarter earnings narrowed compared to the prior-year quarter as a result of lower transaction volumes due to ongoing market challenges and the dilutive effects of recent acquisitions. We believe that the company's strong brand name, network expertise and financial strength [...]

2/4/10(WU) Western Union Reports In-Line – Profits Drop (Stock Blog Hub)

Western Union Co.’s (WU) fourth quarter earnings came in at 32 cents per share, in-line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. However, the company continued to experience a challenging economic environment. Earnings have decreased from the prior-year quarter when the company had earned 34 cents, or 37 cents excluding restructuring expenses. Western Union’s earnings guidance for [...]

12/10/09(WU) Western Union Hikes Dividend 50% (Stock Blog Hub)

Taking an encouraging step towards gaining investor confidence, on Wednesday Western Union Co. (WU) announced a 50% hike in its quarterly dividend to $0.06 per share, up from $0.04. Additionally, the company board has also sanctioned a $1 billion share repurchase program, spread across three years. While the quarterly dividend will be payable on Dec [...]

11/8/09(WU) Western Union Renews Agreement with Postal Savings Bank of China (Stock Blog Hub)

The Western Union Co. (WU) said on Thursday that it renewed its agreement with the Postal Savings Bank of China (PSBC) to provide Western Union Money Transfer services in China. The renewal will help Western Union to continue its Money Transfer services through more than 20,000 locations of Postal Savings Bank in China. Postal Savings Bank is [...]

10/20/09(WU) Western Union Beats Estimates by a Penny (Stock Blog Hub)

Western Union Co.’s (WU) third quarter earnings of 33 cents per share were just a shade above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 32 cents. While the results were almost in line with our expectations, the company continued to experience the challenged economic environment. The company recorded a pre-tax accrual of $71 million during the quarter related [...]

7/10/09TIM Report: Sentiment Becomes More Bullish, with WU and DRYS As Longs, X and MS As Shorts (Bull Bear Trader)

According to the recent TIM (Trade Ideas Monitor) report and the TIM Sentiment Index (TSI), institutional brokers increased 4.5% from 51.70 to 54.03 (see previous post or youDevise website for additional information on the TIM report). For the five trading days ending July 9th, the number of new long ideas as a percentage of new ideas sent to investment managers increased to 74.10% from 60.84% one week earlier (see last week's post). While the intra-week trend did fall, it later...

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