Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in shares of Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:WLDN) by 16.2% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 133,488 shares of the construction company’s stock after acquiring an additional 18,562 shares during the period. Northern Trust Corp’s holdings in Willdan Group were worth $4,670,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in WLDN. Citadel Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Willdan Group during the 3rd quarter worth $209,000. O Shaughnessy Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Willdan Group during the 4th quarter worth $319,000. Rhumbline Advisers grew its holdings in Willdan Group by 60.6% during the 4th quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 11,242 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $393,000 after acquiring an additional 4,240 shares in the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP grew its holdings in Willdan Group by 45.6% during the 4th quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 16,952 shares of the construction company’s stock worth $593,000 after acquiring an additional 5,310 shares in the last quarter. Finally, GAM Holding AG acquired a new position in Willdan Group during the 4th quarter worth $700,000. 73.13% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

NASDAQ WLDN opened at $40.24 on Friday. Willdan Group, Inc. has a one year low of $25.11 and a one year high of $40.70. The company has a quick ratio of 1.49, a current ratio of 1.49 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.44. The stock has a market capitalization of $443.28 million, a PE ratio of 26.13 and a beta of 1.12.

Willdan Group (NASDAQ:WLDN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 7th. The construction company reported $0.45 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.46 by ($0.01). Willdan Group had a net margin of 3.68% and a return on equity of 15.64%. The business had revenue of $86.44 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $73.80 million. Equities analysts forecast that Willdan Group, Inc. will post 1.59 EPS for the current year.

Several research firms have recently commented on WLDN. BidaskClub raised shares of Willdan Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 11th. ValuEngine raised shares of Willdan Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, April 1st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Willdan Group from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $41.33.

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Willdan Group Company Profile

Willdan Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, provides professional technical and consulting services primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, Energy, and Engineering and Consulting. The Energy segment offers comprehensive survey, program design, master planning, benchmarking analysis, design engineering, construction management, performance contracting, installation, alternative financing, and measurement and verification services.

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