Shares of Lyon William Homes (NYSE:WLH) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the seven ratings firms that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have assigned a hold recommendation and two have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $28.17.

Several equities analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Lyon William Homes from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, August 12th. Wedbush reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $27.00 target price (up previously from $22.00) on shares of Lyon William Homes in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. UBS AG increased their target price on shares of Lyon William Homes from $25.00 to $30.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. BidaskClub lowered shares of Lyon William Homes from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Zelman & Associates raised shares of Lyon William Homes from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, October 27th.

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In other Lyon William Homes news, Director Gary H. Hunt sold 8,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, August 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $22.87, for a total transaction of $194,395.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 31,798 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $727,220.26. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Matthew R. Zaist sold 25,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.83, for a total transaction of $720,750.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 205,377 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,921,018.91. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 3,397,766 shares of company stock valued at $81,040,782 in the last three months. 22.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. State of Alaska Department of Revenue boosted its position in Lyon William Homes by 79.3% during the 2nd quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue now owns 4,663 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 2,063 shares during the period. Quantbot Technologies LP purchased a new stake in Lyon William Homes during the 2nd quarter valued at $122,000. Municipal Employees Retirement System of Michigan purchased a new stake in Lyon William Homes during the 2nd quarter valued at $133,000. Victory Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in Lyon William Homes by 17.6% during the 2nd quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 5,896 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $142,000 after buying an additional 884 shares during the period. Finally, BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its position in Lyon William Homes by 61.9% during the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 6,810 shares of the construction company’s stock valued at $164,000 after buying an additional 2,603 shares during the period. 98.01% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Lyon William Homes (NYSE WLH) traded down $0.13 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $29.88. 313,128 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 323,355. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.33, a quick ratio of 0.30 and a current ratio of 10.77. Lyon William Homes has a 52 week low of $16.37 and a 52 week high of $30.31. The company has a market cap of $946.44, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.56 and a beta of 1.79.

Lyon William Homes (NYSE:WLH) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 31st. The construction company reported $0.71 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.67 by $0.04. Lyon William Homes had a net margin of 3.61% and a return on equity of 9.33%. The company had revenue of $490.34 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $486.57 million. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $0.34 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 43.1% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Lyon William Homes will post 2.18 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

About Lyon William Homes

William Lyon Homes is primarily engaged in the design, construction and sale of single family detached and attached homes in California, Arizona and Nevada. The Company conducts its homebuilding operations through four reportable operating segments: Southern California, Northern California, Arizona and Nevada.

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