Press coverage about Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group ranks the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Walker & Dunlop earned a news impact score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.3740124110915 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

WD has been the subject of a number of research reports. BidaskClub downgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $56.00 price objective for the company in a report on Saturday, May 6th. ValuEngine upgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. JMP Securities upgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $55.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $49.00 price objective on Walker & Dunlop and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Walker & Dunlop presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $47.00.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) traded up 0.91% on Friday, hitting $46.66. The company had a trading volume of 189,758 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $1.46 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.31 and a beta of 1.39. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $49.67 and its 200 day moving average price is $44.56. Walker & Dunlop has a one year low of $23.61 and a one year high of $53.43.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.08 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.06 by $0.02. Walker & Dunlop had a return on equity of 22.86% and a net margin of 21.91%. The business had revenue of $166.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $167.51 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.05 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 12.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts expect that Walker & Dunlop will post $4.50 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director Dana L. Schmaltz bought 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $47.85 per share, with a total value of $95,700.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 44,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,152,436.55. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Insiders own 11.70% of the company’s stock.

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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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