Shares of Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE:WD) have received a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the six research firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $64.00.

WD has been the subject of several research reports. BTIG Research initiated coverage on Walker & Dunlop in a report on Wednesday, March 13th. They set a “buy” rating and a $70.00 price target for the company. ValuEngine raised Walker & Dunlop from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 24th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 18th. Finally, JMP Securities raised their price target on Walker & Dunlop from $60.00 to $65.00 and gave the company a “market outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, February 21st.

In other news, President Howard W. Smith III sold 25,000 shares of Walker & Dunlop stock in a transaction on Friday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.18, for a total transaction of $1,379,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now owns 113,094 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,240,526.92. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Richard C. Warner sold 11,008 shares of Walker & Dunlop stock in a transaction on Friday, March 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $52.72, for a total value of $580,341.76. Following the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 78,200 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,122,704. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 78,608 shares of company stock valued at $4,156,074 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 10.37% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Versant Capital Management Inc acquired a new stake in shares of Walker & Dunlop during the first quarter worth $33,000. Parallel Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 205.1% during the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 714 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $36,000 after buying an additional 480 shares in the last quarter. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 312.0% during the first quarter. Valeo Financial Advisors LLC now owns 824 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $42,000 after buying an additional 624 shares in the last quarter. Denali Advisors LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 1,636.4% during the first quarter. Denali Advisors LLC now owns 955 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $49,000 after buying an additional 900 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 31.3% during the first quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 1,295 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $66,000 after buying an additional 309 shares in the last quarter. 79.30% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of NYSE:WD traded down $1.17 during midday trading on Monday, hitting $53.78. The stock had a trading volume of 224,000 shares, compared to its average volume of 180,373. Walker & Dunlop has a 12 month low of $37.96 and a 12 month high of $60.67. The company has a current ratio of 4.70, a quick ratio of 4.70 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.76. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.65 billion, a PE ratio of 10.67 and a beta of 0.94.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, May 1st. The financial services provider reported $1.39 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.34. Walker & Dunlop had a net margin of 22.05% and a return on equity of 18.67%. The business had revenue of $187.44 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $161.10 million. During the same period last year, the business earned $1.14 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 27.1% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Walker & Dunlop will post 5.4 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, June 4th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 17th will be issued a dividend of $0.30 per share. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.23%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 16th. Walker & Dunlop’s dividend payout ratio is 23.81%.

About Walker & Dunlop

Walker & Dunlop, Inc, through its subsidiaries, originates, sells, and services a range of multifamily and other commercial real estate loans for owners and developers of real estate in the United States. The company offers multifamily properties and commercial real estate finance products, such as first mortgage, second trust, supplemental, construction, mezzanine, preferred equity, small-balance, and bridge/interim loans.

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