Why Western Union Is Poised to Bounce Back

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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 (NYSE: WU  ) has earned a respected four-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



Headquarters (founded)

Englewood, Colo. (1851)

Market Cap

$8.2 billion


Data processing and outsourced services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.7 billion


CEO Hikmet Ersek (since 2010)

CFO Scott Scheirman (since 2006)

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$1.8 billion / $40 billion

Dividend Yield



American Express 

Moneygram International 


Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,639 members who have rated Western Union believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, RallyCry, tapped the stock as a particularly attractive bargain opportunity:

Western Union stumbled on earnings and was punished late last fall with a 30% drop. It has recovered slightly, but we are looking at a company that will earn around $1.50 in 2014. What kind of multiple should we put on the company? How about 11x 2014 earnings due to their relatively stable cash flow generation and 3.5% current yield. My 12-18 month price target is $16.50.

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