Press coverage about Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) has trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public 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 0.11 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 45.2945332490147 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the immediate future.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

Shares of Walker & Dunlop (NYSE WD) traded up 1.74% on Friday, hitting $49.23. The stock had a trading volume of 130,747 shares. Walker & Dunlop has a 52 week low of $23.61 and a 52 week high of $53.43. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.54 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.88 and a beta of 1.40. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $47.35 and a 200-day moving average price of $46.67.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.06 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $166.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $167.51 million. Walker & Dunlop had a return on equity of 22.86% and a net margin of 21.91%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 12.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.05 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Walker & Dunlop will post $4.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several research analysts have recently commented on WD shares. ValuEngine raised Walker & Dunlop from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. BidaskClub raised Walker & Dunlop from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 16th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. 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. Finally, JMP Securities raised 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. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $47.00.

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In other Walker & Dunlop news, Director Dana L. Schmaltz bought 2,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The shares were bought at an average price of $47.85 per share, with a total value of $95,700.00. Following the purchase, the director now owns 44,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,152,436.55. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Dana L. Schmaltz bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 11th. The shares were acquired at an average cost of $46.05 per share, for a total transaction of $46,050.00. Following the purchase, the director now directly owns 46,983 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,163,567.15. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have purchased a total of 4,000 shares of company stock worth $186,850 in the last three months. 11.70% of the stock is 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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