Media stories about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have trended positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Whirlpool earned a daily sentiment score of 0.26 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 45.4227569950206 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Whirlpool (NYSE WHR) traded up $1.38 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $170.49. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 742,880 shares, compared to its average volume of 850,103. The stock has a market capitalization of $12,153.43, a P/E ratio of 12.07, a P/E/G ratio of 1.71 and a beta of 1.88. Whirlpool has a 12-month low of $158.80 and a 12-month high of $202.99. The company has a current ratio of 0.90, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last posted its earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The company reported $3.83 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $3.90 by ($0.07). The company had revenue of $5.42 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.50 billion. Whirlpool had a return on equity of 18.45% and a net margin of 3.76%. The company’s revenue was up 3.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $3.66 EPS. equities analysts forecast that Whirlpool will post 13.7 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 17th will be given a dividend of $1.10 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 16th. This represents a $4.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.58%. Whirlpool’s dividend payout ratio is currently 41.47%.

Several brokerages have commented on WHR. ValuEngine downgraded Whirlpool from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, September 1st. Zacks Investment Research raised Whirlpool from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. MKM Partners set a $177.00 target price on Whirlpool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $209.00 target price on shares of Whirlpool in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, Bank of America lowered Whirlpool from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $183.00 price objective for the company. in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $183.60.

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Whirlpool Company Profile

Whirlpool Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of home appliances. The Company’s segments include North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Latin America, and Asia. In North America, the Company markets and distributes home appliances and small domestic appliances under a range of brand names.

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