Whirlpool (WHR) Earning Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Report Finds

Media stories about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have trended somewhat positive on Monday, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Whirlpool earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.8804668405945 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the news headlines that may have impacted Accern’s rankings:

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WHR stock traded up $0.95 during trading on Monday, hitting $150.32. 1,120,037 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 931,578. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86, a current ratio of 0.93 and a quick ratio of 0.58. Whirlpool has a 52 week low of $145.59 and a 52 week high of $202.99. The firm has a market cap of $10,558.69, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.94, a PEG ratio of 1.06 and a beta of 1.84.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last released its earnings results on Monday, April 23rd. The company reported $2.81 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $3.04 by ($0.23). Whirlpool had a net margin of 1.65% and a return on equity of 18.36%. The business had revenue of $4.91 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.95 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $2.50 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts expect that Whirlpool will post 15.05 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 18th will be given a dividend of $1.15 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, May 17th. This represents a $4.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.06%. This is a positive change from Whirlpool’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.10. Whirlpool’s dividend payout ratio is currently 32.02%.

Several research firms have weighed in on WHR. Royal Bank of Canada set a $184.00 target price on shares of Whirlpool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, April 13th. Bank of America set a $165.00 target price on shares of Whirlpool and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, April 9th. Goldman Sachs lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated an “equal weight” rating on shares of Whirlpool in a research note on Monday, January 29th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Whirlpool currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $182.60.

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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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