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How to buy Walker-and-Dunlop (WD) stock

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Walker & Dunlop, Inc
NYSE: WD - USD
MORTGAGE FINANCE
$102.03
+$0.52 (+0.52%)

Walker & Dunlop, Inc is a mortgage finance business based in the US. Walker-and-Dunlop shares (WD) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Walker-and-Dunlop employs 974 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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Walker-and-Dunlop stock price (NYSE: WD)

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Walker-and-Dunlop shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-24.
Latest market close$100.23
52-week range$46.34 - $114.19
50-day moving average $102.65
200-day moving average $101.04
Wall St. target price$124.50
PE ratio 12.7683
Dividend yield $1.58 (1.57%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $7.99

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Walker-and-Dunlop price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $100.23 from 2021-05-26

1 week (2021-07-17) N/A
1 month (2021-06-28) -4.21%
3 months (2021-04-28) -9.43%
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Is Walker-and-Dunlop under- or over-valued?

Valuing Walker-and-Dunlop stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Walker-and-Dunlop's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Walker-and-Dunlop's P/E ratio

Walker-and-Dunlop's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 13x. In other words, Walker-and-Dunlop shares trade at around 13x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Walker-and-Dunlop's PEG ratio

Walker-and-Dunlop's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.25. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Walker-and-Dunlop's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Walker-and-Dunlop financials

Revenue TTM $1.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 32.26%
Gross profit TTM $1 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.87%
Return on equity TTM 22.41%
Profit margin 24.1%
Book value $40.20
Market capitalisation $3.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Walker-and-Dunlop shares

There are currently 417,693 Walker-and-Dunlop shares held short by investors – that's known as Walker-and-Dunlop's "short interest". This figure is 18.7% down from 513,647 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Walker-and-Dunlop shares can be evaluated.

Walker-and-Dunlop's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Walker-and-Dunlop's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Walker-and-Dunlop shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Walker-and-Dunlop shares traded daily (recently around 135175.72815534). Walker-and-Dunlop's SIR currently stands at 3.09. In other words for every 100,000 Walker-and-Dunlop shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3090 shares are currently held short.

However Walker-and-Dunlop's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Walker-and-Dunlop shares, or, against the total number of tradable Walker-and-Dunlop shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Walker-and-Dunlop's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Walker-and-Dunlop shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0142% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Walker-and-Dunlop shares, roughly 14 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Walker-and-Dunlop.

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Walker-and-Dunlop share dividends

22%

Dividend payout ratio: 21.53% of net profits

Recently Walker-and-Dunlop has paid out, on average, around 21.53% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.96% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Walker-and-Dunlop shareholders could enjoy a 1.96% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Walker-and-Dunlop's case, that would currently equate to about $1.58 per share.

While Walker-and-Dunlop's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Walker-and-Dunlop is investing more in its future growth.

Walker-and-Dunlop's most recent dividend payout was on 3 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Walker-and-Dunlop share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Walker-and-Dunlop's shares have ranged in value from as little as $46.3399 up to $114.1898. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WD.US volatility(beta: 1.29)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Walker-and-Dunlop's is 1.2943. This would suggest that Walker-and-Dunlop's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Walker-and-Dunlop overview

Walker & Dunlop, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, originates, sells, and services a range of multifamily and other commercial real estate financing products and services for owners and developers of real estate in the United States. The company offers first mortgage, second trust, supplemental, construction, mezzanine, preferred equity, small-balance, and bridge/interim loans. It also provides multifamily finance for manufactured housing communities, student housing, affordable housing, and senior housing properties under the Fannie Mae's DUS program; and construction and permanent loans to developers and owners of multifamily housing, affordable housing, senior housing, and healthcare facilities. In addition, the company acts as an intermediary in the placement of commercial real estate debt between institutional sources of capital, including life insurance companies, investment banks, commercial banks, pension funds, CMBS conduits, and other institutional investors, as well as owners of various types of commercial real estate. Further, it advises on capital structure; develops the financing package; facilitates negotiations between its client and institutional sources of capital; coordinates due diligence; and assists in closing the transaction. Additionally, the company offers property sales brokerage, underwriting and risk management, and servicing and asset management services.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Walker-and-Dunlop is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 7.533% of Walker-and-Dunlop shares are held by insiders and 75.55% by institutions.
How many people work for Walker-and-Dunlop?
Latest data suggests 974 work at Walker-and-Dunlop.
When does the fiscal year end for Walker-and-Dunlop?
Walker-and-Dunlop's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Walker-and-Dunlop based?
Walker-and-Dunlop's address is: 7501 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, United States, 20814
What is Walker-and-Dunlop's ISIN number?
Walker-and-Dunlop's international securities identification number is: US93148P1021
What is Walker-and-Dunlop's CUSIP number?
Walker-and-Dunlop's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 93148P102

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