Walker & Dunlop (WD) Earns Coverage Optimism Score of 0.14

News headlines about Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Walker & Dunlop earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.8128587767824 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

WD has been the topic of several analyst reports. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. TheStreet downgraded shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Monday, December 4th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 price objective on shares of Walker & Dunlop in a research report on Friday, December 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 20th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Walker & Dunlop currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $55.50.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE WD) opened at $46.10 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $1,430.00, a P/E ratio of 9.98 and a beta of 1.37. Walker & Dunlop has a 52-week low of $29.93 and a 52-week high of $56.46. The company has a current ratio of 12.88, a quick ratio of 12.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.84.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The financial services provider reported $1.06 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $179.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $166.38 million. Walker & Dunlop had a net margin of 21.81% and a return on equity of 22.35%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.96 earnings per share. equities analysts expect that Walker & Dunlop will post 4.49 EPS for the current year.

In related news, President Howard W. Smith III sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.01, for a total transaction of $1,250,250.00. Following the transaction, the president now owns 828,176 shares in the company, valued at $41,417,081.76. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CEO William M. Walker sold 38,663 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.74, for a total transaction of $1,845,771.62. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,435,666 shares in the company, valued at approximately $68,538,694.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 136,791 shares of company stock worth $6,738,013. 11.70% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Walker & Dunlop Company Profile

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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