News stories about Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Walker & Dunlop earned a news impact score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the financial services provider an impact score of 44.8430248142159 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:
- $50 Million Loan Closed for Multifamily Property in Jacksonville, Florida by Walker & Dunlop (finance.yahoo.com)
- Insider Selling: Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (WD) EVP Sells 20,000 Shares of Stock (americanbankingnews.com)
- Financing for $42.4 Million, Five-Property Portfolio in New York and Michigan Arranged by Walker & Dunlop (finance.yahoo.com)
- Walker & Dunlop Inc’s (WD) EPS Grew 50.3% In A Year. Was It Better Than Long-Term Trend? (finance.yahoo.com)
- Walker & Dunlop (WD) Downgraded by TheStreet (americanbankingnews.com)
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) opened at $47.80 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $1,480.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.52 and a beta of 1.37. Walker & Dunlop has a fifty-two week low of $29.93 and a fifty-two week high of $56.46. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.84, a quick ratio of 12.88 and a current ratio of 12.88.
Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The financial services provider reported $1.06 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $179.70 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $166.38 million. Walker & Dunlop had a net margin of 21.81% and a return on equity of 22.35%. Walker & Dunlop’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.96 earnings per share. sell-side analysts predict that Walker & Dunlop will post 4.49 earnings per share for the current year.
WD has been the topic of several research analyst reports. ValuEngine cut shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. TheStreet cut shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Monday, December 4th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 price target on shares of Walker & Dunlop in a report on Thursday, October 12th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $52.00.
In other Walker & Dunlop news, Director Dana L. Schmaltz acquired 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $48.55 per share, for a total transaction of $48,550.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Richard M. Lucas sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $48.21, for a total transaction of $964,200.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 163,068 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $7,861,508.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 98,128 shares of company stock valued at $4,892,241 over the last quarter. 11.70% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
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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