Walker & Dunlop (NYSE:WD) was downgraded by TheStreet from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a research report issued on Monday.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on the company. ValuEngine downgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Walker & Dunlop from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 19th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $49.00 price objective on shares of Walker & Dunlop in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $52.00.

Shares of Walker & Dunlop (WD) traded down $0.21 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $47.84. The company had a trading volume of 162,430 shares, compared to its average volume of 229,053. Walker & Dunlop has a 12 month low of $29.93 and a 12 month high of $56.46. The company has a market capitalization 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 (NYSE:WD) last issued its quarterly earnings data 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. Walker & Dunlop had a return on equity of 22.35% and a net margin of 21.81%. The company had revenue of $179.70 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $166.38 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.96 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 16.1% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Walker & Dunlop will post 4.49 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Walker & Dunlop news, Director Dana L. Schmaltz purchased 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, November 10th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $48.55 per share, with a total value of $48,550.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, President Howard W. Smith III sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.01, for a total value of $1,250,250.00. Following the completion of the sale, the president now directly owns 828,176 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $41,417,081.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 78,128 shares of company stock worth $3,928,041. 11.70% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings 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 worth $184,769,000 after acquiring an additional 374,119 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 5.4% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 680,099 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $33,209,000 after purchasing an additional 34,910 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 13.3% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 515,171 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $25,156,000 after purchasing an additional 60,675 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its stake in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 4.8% in the third quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 394,596 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $20,649,000 after purchasing an additional 17,963 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Prudential Financial Inc. raised its stake in shares of Walker & Dunlop by 1.3% in the third quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 369,256 shares of the financial services provider’s stock worth $19,323,000 after purchasing an additional 4,820 shares during the last quarter. 77.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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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