News headlines about Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) have been trending somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Walker & Dunlop earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.6636291281029 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Accern’s analysis:
Several brokerages recently issued reports on WD. BidaskClub downgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 19th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. JMP Securities upgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $55.00 target price for the company in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $49.00 target price on Walker & Dunlop and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $44.00.
Shares of Walker & Dunlop (WD) traded down 0.66% during trading on Thursday, hitting $54.42. The stock had a trading volume of 41,977 shares. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $51.35 and a 200 day moving average of $48.79. Walker & Dunlop has a 52-week low of $23.61 and a 52-week high of $56.46. The firm has a market cap of $1.70 billion, a PE ratio of 12.03 and a beta of 1.37.
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.08 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.06 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $166.40 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $167.51 million. Walker & Dunlop had a net margin of 21.91% and a return on equity of 22.86%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.05 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Walker & Dunlop will post $4.45 EPS for the current year.
In other Walker & Dunlop news, Director Dana L. Schmaltz bought 1,000 shares of Walker & Dunlop stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 11th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $46.05 per share, for a total transaction of $46,050.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 46,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,163,567.15. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, Director Dana L. Schmaltz bought 2,000 shares of Walker & Dunlop stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $47.85 per share, with a total value of $95,700.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 44,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,152,436.55. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have acquired 4,000 shares of company stock valued at $186,850 over the last 90 days. 11.70% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
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About Walker & Dunlop
Walker & Dunlop, Inc is a holding company, which conducts its operations through Walker & Dunlop, LLC. The Company provides commercial real estate financial products and services primarily to developers and owners of multifamily properties. The Company originates, sells and services a range of multifamily and other commercial real estate financing products, including Multifamily Finance, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Finance, Capital Markets, and Proprietary Capital.
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