TheStreet downgraded shares of Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) from a b- rating to a c+ rating in a report released on Monday morning.

A number of other analysts have also weighed in on WD. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a hold rating and issued a $49.00 price target on shares of Walker & Dunlop in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Walker & Dunlop from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Walker & Dunlop from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company. Walker & Dunlop presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $52.00.

Shares of Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) opened at $47.84 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $1,506.63, a P/E ratio of 10.43 and a beta of 1.37. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.84, a quick ratio of 12.88 and a current ratio of 12.88. Walker & Dunlop has a fifty-two week low of $29.93 and a fifty-two week high of $56.46.

Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The financial services provider reported $1.06 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.97 by $0.09. The business had revenue of $179.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $166.38 million. Walker & Dunlop had a net margin of 21.81% and a return on equity of 22.35%. Walker & Dunlop’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.96 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that Walker & Dunlop will post 4.49 EPS for the current year.

In other news, President Howard W. Smith III sold 25,000 shares of Walker & Dunlop stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.01, for a total transaction of $1,250,250.00. Following the transaction, the president now directly owns 828,176 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $41,417,081.76. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CFO Stephen P. Theobald sold 18,128 shares of Walker & Dunlop stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $51.18, for a total transaction of $927,791.04. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 78,128 shares of company stock valued at $3,928,041 in the last ninety days. Company insiders own 11.70% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in WD. California Public Employees Retirement System bought a new position in shares of Walker & Dunlop during the first quarter worth $313,000. LS Investment Advisors LLC lifted its position in Walker & Dunlop by 1.5% in the 2nd quarter. LS Investment Advisors LLC now owns 3,165 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $155,000 after acquiring an additional 47 shares in the last quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System lifted its position in Walker & Dunlop by 1.8% in the 2nd quarter. Louisiana State Employees Retirement System now owns 11,500 shares of the financial services provider’s stock valued at $562,000 after acquiring an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. Aperio Group LLC bought a new stake in Walker & Dunlop in the 2nd quarter valued at $229,000. Finally, Strs Ohio bought a new stake in Walker & Dunlop in the 2nd quarter valued at $961,000. 77.52% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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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