Ariel Investments, an investment management firm, published its “Ariel Fund”, “Ariel Appreciation Fund”, “Ariel Focus Fund”, “Ariel International Fund”, and “Ariel Global Fund” second-quarter 2021 investor letter – a copy of which can be downloaded here. A return of 5.52% was recorded by Ariel Fund for the second quarter of 2021, 4.8% by Ariel Appreciation Fund, 4.0% by Ariel Focus Fund, 5.3% by Ariel International Fund, and 6.2% by Ariel Global Fund for the same period. You can view the fund’s top 5 holdings to have a peek at their top bets for 2021.
In the Q2 2021 Investor Letter, the fund highlighted a few stocks and Western Union Co (NYSE:WU) is one of them. Western Union Co (NYSE:WU) is a financial services company. In the last three months, Western Union Co (NYSE:WU) stock lost 10%. Here is what the fund said:
“The second largest detractor was the Western Union Company (WU) which fell -5.96%. The company recorded total revenue growth of only 2% in the quarter, disappointing Wall Street. However, their digital business increased +45%, boosting our optimism about accelerating future growth. With Western Union trading at a modest 11 times our estimate of next twelve-month earnings, we believe the company’s digital business is trading at a discount to intrinsic value.”
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In Q1 2021, the number of bullish hedge fund positions on Western Union Co (NYSE:WU) stock decreased by about 3% from the previous quarter (see the chart here), so a number of other hedge fund managers don’t believe in WU’s growth potential. Our calculations showed that Western Union Co (NYSE:WU) isn’t ranked among the 30 most popular stocks among hedge funds.
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