Media stories about Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) have been trending somewhat positive on Friday, Alpha One Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group, a unit of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Alpha One 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 news impact score of 0.03 on Alpha One’s scale. Alpha One also assigned media headlines about the financial services provider an impact score of 47 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Shares of Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) traded up 1.03% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $46.98. 17,458 shares of the company traded hands. Walker & Dunlop has a 52 week low of $21.75 and a 52 week high of $53.43. The firm has a market capitalization of $1.47 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.44 and a beta of 1.28. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $44.94 and a 200 day moving average price of $36.61.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 3rd. The financial services provider reported $1.35 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.78. The firm had revenue of $158.51 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $133.97 million. Walker & Dunlop had a return on equity of 20.41% and a net margin of 19.80%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 68.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.50 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Walker & Dunlop will post $4.47 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on WD shares. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Walker & Dunlop in a report on Thursday, April 6th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 18th. TheStreet raised shares of Walker & Dunlop from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Friday, February 3rd. Finally, JMP Securities lowered shares of Walker & Dunlop from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 3rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Walker & Dunlop presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $35.00.

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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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