Media stories about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, 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 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 46.5838575944404 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.
These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:
A number of equities analysts have commented on WHR shares. Goldman Sachs Group downgraded shares of Whirlpool from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 4th. Bank of America set a $165.00 price objective on shares of Whirlpool and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, April 13th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $184.00 price objective on shares of Whirlpool and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 23rd. Finally, Credit Suisse Group set a $165.00 price objective on shares of Whirlpool and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 24th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Whirlpool currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $176.14.
Whirlpool stock opened at $144.38 on Wednesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $10.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.51, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 1.80. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.80, a current ratio of 0.90 and a quick ratio of 0.53. Whirlpool has a 12 month low of $142.30 and a 12 month high of $200.61.
Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April 23rd. The company reported $2.81 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.96 by ($0.15). Whirlpool had a return on equity of 19.07% and a net margin of 1.36%. The business had revenue of $4.91 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.95 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.50 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts anticipate that Whirlpool will post 15.25 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, June 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 18th were issued a dividend of $1.15 per share. This is an increase from Whirlpool’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.10. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, May 17th. This represents a $4.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.19%. Whirlpool’s payout ratio is 33.48%.
In other news, EVP Joseph T. Liotine sold 1,950 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, April 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $155.85, for a total transaction of $303,907.50. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 15,954 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,486,430.90. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 2.83% of the company’s stock.
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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