Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) Given News Impact Score of 0.24

News headlines about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. Accern rates the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Whirlpool earned a news impact score of 0.24 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the company an impact score of 47.0428173240587 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

A number of brokerages have commented on WHR. ValuEngine raised Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Whirlpool from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 5th. Credit Suisse Group set a $187.00 price objective on Whirlpool and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Royal Bank of Canada cut Whirlpool from a “top pick” rating to a “sector perform” rating and decreased their price target for the company from $209.00 to $184.00 in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, MKM Partners set a $177.00 price target on Whirlpool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $183.60.

Whirlpool (WHR) opened at $166.21 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $11,940.00, a P/E ratio of 15.68, a PEG ratio of 1.52 and a beta of 1.87. Whirlpool has a fifty-two week low of $158.80 and a fifty-two week high of $202.99. The company has a quick ratio of 0.55, a current ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.65.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, October 23rd. The company reported $3.83 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.90 by ($0.07). The business had revenue of $5.42 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.50 billion. Whirlpool had a return on equity of 18.45% and a net margin of 3.76%. The business’s revenue was up 3.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $3.66 earnings per share. sell-side analysts forecast that Whirlpool will post 13.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, November 17th were given a $1.10 dividend. This represents a $4.40 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.65%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 16th. Whirlpool’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 41.51%.

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About Whirlpool

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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