News stories about Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Walker & Dunlop earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the financial services provider an impact score of 46.610211124092 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s analysis:

Shares of Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) traded up $0.98 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $50.09. 487,100 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 231,188. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.84, a current ratio of 12.88 and a quick ratio of 12.88. Walker & Dunlop has a one year low of $28.76 and a one year high of $56.46. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,525.58, a P/E ratio of 10.56 and a beta of 1.44.

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, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.09. Walker & Dunlop had a net margin of 21.81% and a return on equity of 22.35%. The company had revenue of $179.70 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $166.38 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.96 earnings per share. Walker & Dunlop’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Walker & Dunlop will post 4.49 EPS for the current year.

A number of analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 target price on shares of Walker & Dunlop in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. JMP Securities raised shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $55.00 target price for the company in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.00.

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In other news, CFO Stephen P. Theobald sold 18,128 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.18, for a total transaction of $927,791.04. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Dana L. Schmaltz bought 1,000 shares of Walker & Dunlop stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $48.55 per share, with a total value of $48,550.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 11.70% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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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