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More top-performing CAPS members keep piling on to the bullish side of MoneyGram International (NYSE:MGI) -- the firm has steadily risen from as low as a two-star rank in CAPS a year ago up to the highest possible five stars. A total of 161 members have given their opinion on MoneyGram, with many offering analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

Like main competitor Western Union (NYSE:WU), MoneyGram offers payment services worldwide, including money orders and money transfers -- a business that remains brisk even in a recession. Over the past couple of years, it's rapidly expanded its locations in the U.S. at retailers such as Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), CVS (NYSE:CVS), SUPERVALU's Albertsons stores, and US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) branch locations. In addition to its Prepaid MasterCard (NYSE:MA) product, it recently teamed up with Visa (NYSE:V) to launch a branded prepaid card.

Though MoneyGram's investment portfolio took a hit in the credit crisis, it's since worked to reduce its exposure to the risky asset-backed securities that many investors are now unloading. Similar to Wal-Mart's global vision, MoneyGram sees opportunity abroad, and it's recently partnered with foreign banks to grow its presence in places like India, China, and Africa. It also sees opportunity for growth in Europe as the European Union implements a new payment-services directive there. Its first-quarter fee and other revenue ticked up to $268 million compared to $263 million last year. The company plans to exit its payment-processing business, which accounts for a fraction of its revenue, to focus on its core money-transfer and bill-pay business.

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