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The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU)

CAPS Game Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company deals in money transfer, providing people with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send money around the world, pay bills and purchase money orders.

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Member Avatar TMFJMo (72.27) Submitted: 07/07/2014 13:28:43 : Underperform Start Price: $17.16 WU.US Score: +1.07

Competitive position slowly eroding as technology disrupts this business. Project Greenback 2.0 will continue to minimize costs thereby limiting WU's profitability; margins will suffer. Look to the capital-light players in the space that have built their businesses based on technology from the ground up.

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Member Avatar jds47 (53.19) Submitted: 04/07/2014 11:18:53 : Outperform Start Price: $17.15 WU.US Score: -0.86

Broad moat - 90+ % revenue from overseas where there is little organized competition. Low current price (PE 10). Decent yield 2.8%

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Member Avatar racoveanul (80.80) Submitted: 03/07/2014 11:47:37 : Outperform Start Price: $17.09 WU.US Score: -0.30

I picked this stock because it is rated 10 by Stockscouter, it has a dividend and a beta computed by Yahoo Finance of more than 1.

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks14 (< 20) Submitted: 13/06/2014 09:40:59 : Outperform Start Price: $15.15 WU.US Score: +2.55

Div. (Yield) $0.50 (3.1%)

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Member Avatar Daedalus21 (43.61) Submitted: 08/05/2014 23:13:25 : Underperform Start Price: $15.88 WU.US Score: -1.76

I've held this company for 5 years with the hopes its business would expand profitably and the dividend would act as a nice cherry on the cake. Unfortunately, with increased competition, increased regulation costs, and decreased revenues, I've decided to close my position. I think WU may fluctuate up and down, possibly even going up over the next few years, but I believe there are better growth names to put money in to at this time.

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Member Avatar mitchgibb (< 20) Submitted: 01/05/2014 15:06:01 : Underperform Start Price: $15.49 WU.US Score: -4.78

Increasing expenses and declining revenue...not a good model.

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Member Avatar BigJockGuy (< 20) Submitted: 17/04/2014 15:50:23 : Outperform Start Price: $14.93 WU.US Score: +8.24

WU pays a good dividend, has great market penetration, and is actively working on its cost structures. What's not to like?

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Member Avatar afewgoodstocks11 (24.10) Submitted: 22/03/2014 00:23:47 : Outperform Start Price: $12.46 WU.US Score: -2.61

Div. (Yield) $0.50 (3.0%)
Current Yield . . . . . . 3.92%

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Member Avatar roguer (< 20) Submitted: 10/03/2014 10:14:33 : Outperform Start Price: $16.27 WU.US Score: -0.89

Network effect, massive free cash flow. As economy recovers so should wu. Will maintain dominant position in overseas monetary transfer.

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Member Avatar TMFTycoon (59.79) Submitted: 07/03/2014 14:59:57 : Outperform Start Price: $16.30 WU.US Score: -0.92

Western Union is gaining ground overseas and hasn't had to lower its fees too much yet. While I don't see it outperforming a decade from now, it still has some time left at the top.

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Member Avatar rocker20 (< 20) Submitted: 15/02/2014 23:02:12 : Outperform Start Price: $15.81 WU.US Score: +0.17

Chosen based on list of Price/Div/5 year dividend growth

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Member Avatar CellBlock9 (92.90) Submitted: 11/01/2014 18:37:39 : Outperform Start Price: $16.29 WU.US Score: -3.41

S&P 5 star 16.77

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Member Avatar awallejr (75.87) Submitted: 06/12/2013 23:29:37 : Outperform Start Price: $16.17 WU.US Score: -3.98

Valuation with yield.

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Member Avatar Staka (96.81) Submitted: 03/11/2013 04:36:13 : Outperform Start Price: $16.90 WU.US Score: -11.83

Positive:
- Good value, good dividend
- Buying opportunity after recent price break down

Negative:
- In the longer run virtual currencies like BitCoin or Ripple might become a serious alternative

Category: ICIp

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Member Avatar jamis2001 (44.13) Submitted: 13/09/2013 16:12:31 : Outperform Start Price: $18.06 WU.US Score: -22.34

Making inroads in mobile and pricing against the competition

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Member Avatar HVSTmoon (< 20) Submitted: 14/08/2013 03:49:59 : Outperform Start Price: $16.23 WU.US Score: -13.06

Invisible, under appreciated, forgotten... until you realize that this pal has always be there for you. Slowly but steadily beating the market.
Using the DDM (Dividend Discount Model) - it's is worth about $25 --> D / (r-g) = (0.50)/ (0.10-0.08) = $25.
Rate of return of 10%, and dividend growth rate of 8%.

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Member Avatar bettyeu (45.29) Submitted: 11/08/2013 06:11:48 : Outperform Start Price: $17.63 WU.US Score: -21.90

Major player in wiring money

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Member Avatar huddaman (99.07) Submitted: 28/06/2013 15:42:33 : Outperform Start Price: $16.43 WU.US Score: -20.21

M* wide

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Member Avatar TMFValueMagnet (92.62) Submitted: 14/05/2013 17:44:22 : Outperform Start Price: $15.54 WU.US Score: -11.47

Wide economic moat plus a strong FCF yield. Differentiated by the fact WU offers CASH from point-to-point.

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Member Avatar TMFInnovator (41.04) Submitted: 17/04/2013 15:07:06 : Outperform Start Price: $14.00 WU.US Score: -6.29

- Largest global network available for money transfers. Strong brand and recognized as the Top Dog in the industry.
- Operating margins double those of its closest competitors. Translates to WU having pricing power with its customers.
- Asset light business model that requires minimal capital expenditure to maintain. Allows for Free Cash to flow directly to stockholders, in the form of share repurchases and dividends (which have doubled over the past 2 years)

Western Union is not a hot growth company that is going to knock it out of the park overnight. But with a strong network already in place globally that is hard for competitors to replicate, I believe they outperform the market over time.

WU is selling at a forward P/E of 8 and offers a 3% dividend yield.

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