Willdan Group (WLDN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage, Analysis Shows

News stories about Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) have trended somewhat positive on Thursday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willdan Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.03 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the construction company an impact score of 46.251212405644 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

Shares of Willdan Group (NASDAQ WLDN) traded up $0.11 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $23.86. The company had a trading volume of 45,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 67,755. The company has a market capitalization of $204.89, a PE ratio of 20.57 and a beta of 1.17. Willdan Group has a 52-week low of $22.35 and a 52-week high of $36.87. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03, a quick ratio of 1.46 and a current ratio of 1.46.

Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The construction company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $69.00 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $60.39 million. Willdan Group had a return on equity of 18.10% and a net margin of 3.90%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 17.5% on a year-over-year basis. research analysts anticipate that Willdan Group will post 1.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on WLDN. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Willdan Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Seaport Global Securities restated a “buy” rating and issued a $37.00 price objective on shares of Willdan Group in a research note on Wednesday, October 11th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Willdan Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $33.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Willdan Group has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $36.50.

In related news, insider Marc Tipermas sold 1,318 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.90, for a total value of $32,818.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 42,015 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,046,173.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Raymond W. Holdsworth, Jr. bought 2,500 shares of Willdan Group stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 7th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $25.73 per share, with a total value of $64,325.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders purchased 4,100 shares of company stock valued at $106,588 and sold 5,000 shares valued at $125,247. 13.30% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Willdan Group Company Profile

Willdan Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company provides professional technical and consulting services to utilities, private industry and public agencies at all levels of government, primarily in California and New York. It operates through four segments: Energy Efficiency Services, Engineering Services, Public Finance Services and Homeland Security Services.

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