How to buy Walker-and-Dunlop stock - 13 April

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How to buy Walker-and-Dunlop stock

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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 988 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$1 billion.

How to buy shares in Walker-and-Dunlop

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Walker-and-Dunlop. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: WD. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Walker-and-Dunlop reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Walker-and-Dunlop, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Walker-and-Dunlop. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Walker-and-Dunlop share price

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Walker-and-Dunlop shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$31.226 - USD$113.79
50-day moving average USD$103.4629
200-day moving average USD$84.0461
Wall St. target priceUSD$96.67
PE ratio 13.8645
Dividend yield USD$1.44 (1.38%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$7.688

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Is it a good time to buy Walker-and-Dunlop stock?

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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 14x. In other words, Walker-and-Dunlop shares trade at around 14x 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 USD$1 billion
Operating margin TTM 31.83%
Gross profit TTM USD$1 billion
Return on assets TTM 6.71%
Return on equity TTM 21.98%
Profit margin 23.72%
Book value $38.993
Market capitalisation USD$3.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Walker-and-Dunlop shares

There are currently 652,440 Walker-and-Dunlop shares held short by investors – that's known as Walker-and-Dunlop's "short interest". This figure is 19.7% up from 544,930 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 218207.35785953). Walker-and-Dunlop's SIR currently stands at 2.99. In other words for every 100,000 Walker-and-Dunlop shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2990 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 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Walker-and-Dunlop shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0319% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Walker-and-Dunlop shares, roughly 32 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.

Find out more about how you can short Walker-and-Dunlop stock.

Walker-and-Dunlop share dividends


Dividend payout ratio: 20.55% of net profits

Recently Walker-and-Dunlop has paid out, on average, around 20.55% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.92% 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 1.92% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Walker-and-Dunlop's case, that would currently equate to about $1.44 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 10 March 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 18 February 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 $31.226 up to $113.79. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

WD.US volatility(beta: 1.31)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 1.3089. 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. Walker & Dunlop, Inc. was founded in 1937 and is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

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