News coverage about Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) has been trending somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willdan Group earned a news sentiment score of 0.06 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the construction company an impact score of 44.6158228836382 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.
Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:
- Willdan Announces Planned Date of May 3 for Release of First Quarter 2018 Financial Results and Conference Call (finance.yahoo.com)
- Willdan Selected for Fourth Time to Implement Puget Sound Energy’s Small Business Direct Install Program (finance.yahoo.com)
- KBR to Provide ROSE Technology at ENAP's Refinery in Chile (finance.yahoo.com)
- Willdan Group (WLDN) Cut to Sell at BidaskClub (americanbankingnews.com)
Shares of WLDN traded up $0.56 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $31.09. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 11,499 shares, compared to its average volume of 73,091. Willdan Group has a 12-month low of $19.25 and a 12-month high of $36.87. The company has a market cap of $265.61, a P/E ratio of 26.37 and a beta of 0.94. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.04, a quick ratio of 1.48 and a current ratio of 1.48.
Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 8th. The construction company reported $0.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.18 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $64.16 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $55.44 million. Willdan Group had a return on equity of 17.31% and a net margin of 4.44%. analysts predict that Willdan Group will post 1.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
WLDN has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Willdan Group in a report on Saturday, January 6th. Canaccord Genuity set a $36.00 price objective on Willdan Group and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, March 5th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded Willdan Group from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 4th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. Willdan Group presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $35.75.
In related news, insider Marc Tipermas sold 2,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $26.47, for a total transaction of $66,175.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 42,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,124,975. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 13.30% of the company’s stock.
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Willdan Group Company Profile
Willdan Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and consulting services to utilities, private industry, and public agencies at various levels of government primarily in the Unites States. It operates through four segments: Energy Efficiency Services, Engineering Services, Public Finance Services, and Homeland Security Services.
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