Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE:WD) Director Dana L. Schmaltz acquired 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, September 7th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $45.10 per share, with a total value of $45,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 47,983 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,164,033.30. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE:WD) traded up 2.07% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $46.80. The company had a trading volume of 184,372 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average is $47.88 and its 200-day moving average is $46.41. Walker & Dunlop, Inc. has a one year low of $23.61 and a one year high of $53.43. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.46 billion, a PE ratio of 10.34 and a beta of 1.40.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The financial services provider reported $1.08 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate 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 for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $167.51 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $1.05 earnings per share. Walker & Dunlop’s revenue for the quarter was up 12.5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Walker & Dunlop, Inc. will post $4.50 earnings per share for the current year.

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A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in Walker & Dunlop by 21,018.7% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,186,367 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $174,530,000 after purchasing an additional 4,166,544 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in Walker & Dunlop by 11.0% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 3,783,928 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $184,769,000 after purchasing an additional 374,119 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in Walker & Dunlop by 2.5% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,813,428 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $75,602,000 after purchasing an additional 43,548 shares during the last quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. lifted its stake in Walker & Dunlop by 18.7% in the first quarter. Victory Capital Management Inc. now owns 819,911 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $34,182,000 after purchasing an additional 129,027 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp lifted its stake in Walker & Dunlop by 5.4% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 680,099 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $33,209,000 after purchasing an additional 34,910 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.25% of the company’s stock.

Several research firms recently weighed in on WD. BidaskClub raised Walker & Dunlop from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 16th. JMP Securities raised Walker & Dunlop from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $55.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, August 3rd. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods set a $49.00 price target on Walker & Dunlop and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Walker & Dunlop from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Four 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 company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $47.00.

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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