Somewhat Positive Press Coverage Somewhat Unlikely to Impact Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) Share Price

Media stories about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than 20 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 news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the company an impact score of 46.5250646427908 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the media headlines that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Credit Suisse Group set a $187.00 target price on Whirlpool and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Bank of America lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $183.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $209.00 price target on shares of Whirlpool in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, MKM Partners set a $177.00 price target on shares of Whirlpool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 6th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $183.60.

Shares of Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) traded up $2.82 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $169.03. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 953,738 shares, compared to its average volume of 828,273. Whirlpool has a 52 week low of $158.80 and a 52 week 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. The stock has a market capitalization of $12,090.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.52 and a beta of 1.87.

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

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, November 17th were paid a $1.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 16th. This represents a $4.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.60%. Whirlpool’s dividend payout ratio is presently 41.51%.

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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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