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Is It Time To Consider Buying Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE:WD)?

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Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE:WD), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $58.8 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $50.23. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether Walker & Dunlop's current trading price of $54.95 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Walker & Dunlop’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

View our latest analysis for Walker & Dunlop

What's the opportunity in Walker & Dunlop?

According to my valuation model, Walker & Dunlop seems to be fairly priced at around 18% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Walker & Dunlop today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $66.64, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. What's more, Walker & Dunlop’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

What kind of growth will Walker & Dunlop generate?

NYSE:WD Past and Future Earnings, August 6th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. With profit expected to grow by a double-digit 13% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for Walker & Dunlop. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? WD’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on WD, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Walker & Dunlop. You can find everything you need to know about Walker & Dunlop in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Walker & Dunlop, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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