Willdan Group (WLDN) Receiving Somewhat Favorable Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

Media coverage about Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) has been trending somewhat positive on Saturday, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research firm scores the sentiment of media coverage by monitoring more than 20 million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Willdan Group earned a daily sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the construction company an impact score of 45.9030996949078 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next few days.

Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) traded up $1.10 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $24.35. 91,269 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 62,734. Willdan Group has a fifty-two week low of $22.35 and a fifty-two week high of $36.87. The company has a quick ratio of 1.46, a current ratio of 1.46 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03. The company has a market capitalization of $213.40, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.99 and a beta of 1.17.

Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The construction company reported $0.31 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.01. Willdan Group had a net margin of 3.90% and a return on equity of 18.10%. The business had revenue of $69.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $60.39 million. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 17.5% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Willdan Group will post 1.17 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms recently weighed in on WLDN. ValuEngine cut shares of Willdan Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Willdan Group in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Finally, Seaport Global Securities reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $37.00 price objective on shares of Willdan Group in a research report on Wednesday, October 11th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $36.50.

In other Willdan Group news, insider Marc Tipermas sold 1,318 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $24.90, for a total transaction of $32,818.20. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 42,015 shares in the company, valued at $1,046,173.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Raymond W. Holdsworth, Jr. acquired 2,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 7th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $25.73 per share, with a total value of $64,325.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have acquired 4,100 shares of company stock valued at $106,588 and have sold 5,000 shares valued at $125,247. 13.30% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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About Willdan Group

Willdan Group, Inc is a holding company. The Company provides professional technical and consulting services to utilities, private industry and public agencies at all levels of government, primarily in California and New York. It operates through four segments: Energy Efficiency Services, Engineering Services, Public Finance Services and Homeland Security Services.

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