Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, money transfer agent Western Union (NYSE:WU) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Western Union's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Western Union facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Englewood, Colo. (1851)

Market Cap

$13.03 billion


Data processing and outsourced services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.12 billion


CEO Christina Gold

CFO Scott Scheirman

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.78 billion/$3.05 billion


MoneyGram International (NYSE:MGI)

Global Payments (NYSE:GPN)

CAPS Members Bullish on WU Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on WU Also Bearish on

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97.5% of the 1,274 members who have rated Western Union believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TMFmrquakeroats and All-Star wuff3t, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Just two days ago, TMFmrquakeroats tapped Western Union as great way to transfer gains into your portfolio: "Long-term global growth looks strong for this high quality business. Attractive P/E and 5 star CAPS rating leads me to rate [Western Union] outperform."

In a pitch from last month, wuff3t sends even more bullish support:

The global recession will not last forever and when things pick up so will this company's profits. They have a relatively cheap business model -- needing only a counter somewhere in an existing store as a place of business -- and we live in a world in which increasing numbers of migrants are finding work abroad as cheap labor, and wanting to send money back home to their families. [Western Union] is the clear market leader in capitalizing on this trend and will do very well from it in years to come.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Western Union is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Inside Value pick. USG is also a choice of Inside Value. Johnson & Johnson is a selection of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.