Somewhat Favorable Press Coverage Very Likely to Affect Whirlpool Corporation (WHR) Stock Price

News headlines about Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) have trended somewhat positive recently, AlphaOne Sentiment Analysis reports. AlphaOne, a division of Accern, ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Whirlpool Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.06 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned news articles about the company an impact score of 86 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is very likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted AlphaOne’s scoring:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR)

Shares of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) traded up 0.97% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, hitting $198.77. 177,467 shares of the company were exchanged. Whirlpool Corporation has a 52 week low of $145.91 and a 52 week high of $202.99. The company has a market capitalization of $14.70 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.11 and a beta of 1.76. The company has a 50 day moving average of $186.64 and a 200 day moving average of $179.03.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) last announced its earnings results on Monday, April 24th. The company reported $2.50 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.65 by $0.15. The business had revenue of $4.79 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.74 billion. Whirlpool Corporation had a net margin of 4.27% and a return on equity of 18.37%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.63 earnings per share. Equities analysts anticipate that Whirlpool Corporation will post $15.12 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 15th. Investors of record on Friday, May 19th were given a dividend of $1.10 per share. This represents a $4.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.23%. This is a positive change from Whirlpool Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.00. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, May 17th. Whirlpool Corporation’s payout ratio is 37.87%.

WHR has been the subject of a number of research reports. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “buy” rating and set a $216.00 target price on shares of Whirlpool Corporation in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Whirlpool Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 19th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating, three have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $191.43.

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In other Whirlpool Corporation news, insider Marc R. Bitzer sold 19,314 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $183.84, for a total value of $3,550,685.76. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Insiders own 2.69% of the company’s stock.

Whirlpool Corporation 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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