Favorable News Coverage Extremely Likely to Affect Whirlpool (WHR) Share Price

News headlines about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have trended positive recently, InfoTrie reports. InfoTrie rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Whirlpool earned a news impact score of 2.31 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned press coverage about the company an news buzz score of 9 out of 10, meaning that recent media coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Whirlpool’s analysis:

WHR has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Goldman Sachs Group initiated coverage on Whirlpool in a report on Tuesday, October 2nd. They set a “sell” rating and a $107.00 target price on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lowered Whirlpool from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised Whirlpool from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 25th. Raymond James decreased their target price on Whirlpool from $160.00 to $140.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday, October 18th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group set a $125.00 price objective on Whirlpool and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 17th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $144.88.

NYSE WHR traded down $0.92 on Friday, reaching $116.36. The stock had a trading volume of 673,219 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,230,877. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.44, a current ratio of 0.87 and a quick ratio of 0.58. Whirlpool has a 1-year low of $102.13 and a 1-year high of $187.47. The firm has a market cap of $7.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.47, a P/E/G ratio of 0.78 and a beta of 1.51.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 24th. The company reported $4.55 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.76 by $0.79. Whirlpool had a positive return on equity of 23.93% and a negative net margin of 2.95%. The firm had revenue of $5.33 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.34 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $3.83 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Whirlpool will post 14.59 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 16th will be issued a $1.15 dividend. This represents a $4.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.95%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 15th. Whirlpool’s dividend payout ratio is 33.48%.

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Whirlpool Company Profile

Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets home appliances and related products. It operates through four segments: North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America; and Asia. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other small domestic appliances.

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