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Are Things Looking Up For Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD)?

After Hours

The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. After-hours trades for Washington Federal Inc. (WAFD) shows that investor sentiment remained same, with the stock’s consolidated last price remained same to $25.86. The Washington Federal Inc. has recorded 10,479 volume in the after hours trading session. Yahoo Finance discussed the stock recently as it posted Washington Federal Announces Cash Dividend of 25 Cents Per Share.

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Stocks Info

The company is listed on the NASDAQ and operates within the Banks – Regional industry segment. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $25.86 and fluctuated between $25.92 as its day high and $25.22 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Washington Federal Inc. is $1.69B. A total of 0.82 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 975.14K shares.

Insider Activity

Furthermore, investors take into consideration insider trades when predicting a stock’s future trajectory. During the recent three months, WAFD has seen 9 BUY and 0 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 376,069 and the disposition of 0 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 23 BUYs and 20 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 536,300 shares during that period but sold 174,335.

In the most recent transaction, GRANT DAVID K bought 5,000 shares of WAFD for 13.72 per share on May 15. After the transaction, the Director now owns 20,000 company shares. In a previous transaction on May 11, GRANT DAVID K bought 10,000 shares at 24.93 per share. WAFD shares that Director owns now total 57,629.

Among the insiders who bought shares, GRANT DAVID K acquired of 15,000 shares on May 11 at a per-share price of $13.35. This resulted in the Director holding 15,000 shares of WAFD after the transaction. In another insider transaction, TALBOT RANDALL H bought 5,000 shares at $25.18 per share on May 11. Company shares held by the Director now total 56,879.


The dividend paying company demonstrates a positive outlook for investors and helps them generate immediate cash. Washington Federal Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.00, resulting in a dividend yield of 3.87%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 6.33. WAFD’s most recent ex-dividend date was 5/18/2023 when it declared a $0.25 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 6/2/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 3/10/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 2/23/2023. The WAFD stock dividend was $0.25 per share in cash.

It has been observed that price targets are rarely accurate, but they can exert some influence from time to time, and are often accepted as valuable in the market. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for WAFD in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $34.00 with high estimates of $38.00 and low estimates of $29.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, WAFD has a high of $39.17 and a low of $23.90.

As of this writing, WAFD has an earnings estimate of $0.93 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 2 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.95 per share and a lower estimate of $0.92. The company reported an EPS of $1.16 in the last quarter, which was 6.40% higher than expectations of $1.09.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

An equity investor’s investment can be viewed on a balance sheet by looking at what assets and liabilities the company has. Investors can determine the company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. Its Book Value Per Share was $31.68, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $2.13B.

Analysts Opinion

There may be slightly higher risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading than during regular market hours. Due to the fact that issuers often announce critical financial information outside of regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for WAFD is Buy with a score of 4.00.

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