Whirlpool Co. (NYSE:WHR) has earned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twelve research firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have assigned a hold recommendation and one has issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $138.77.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Whirlpool from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, April 4th. Royal Bank of Canada lowered Whirlpool from a “sector perform” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $134.60 price objective on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, January 30th. Buckingham Research assumed coverage on Whirlpool in a report on Wednesday, January 23rd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $135.00 price objective on the stock. Finally, Raymond James restated a “hold” rating on shares of Whirlpool in a report on Monday, March 18th.

WHR stock traded up $0.57 during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $139.93. The stock had a trading volume of 2,922,101 shares, compared to its average volume of 916,181. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a current ratio of 0.82. The firm has a market capitalization of $8.96 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.23, a PEG ratio of 2.14 and a beta of 1.61. Whirlpool has a 52-week low of $99.40 and a 52-week high of $167.54.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Monday, April 22nd. The company reported $3.11 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.04 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $4.76 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.83 billion. Whirlpool had a positive return on equity of 27.24% and a negative net margin of 0.87%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $2.81 EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that Whirlpool will post 14.58 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, June 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, May 17th will be issued a dividend of $1.20 per share. This represents a $4.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.43%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 16th. This is a positive change from Whirlpool’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.15. Whirlpool’s payout ratio is currently 30.34%.

In other news, Director Michael F. Johnston sold 2,845 shares of Whirlpool stock in a transaction on Friday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $133.54, for a total transaction of $379,921.30. Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,550 shares in the company, valued at approximately $874,687. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.91% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV purchased a new position in shares of Whirlpool during the 1st quarter worth $328,000. Advisor Partners LLC purchased a new position in shares of Whirlpool during the 1st quarter worth $275,000. Kwmg LLC purchased a new position in shares of Whirlpool during the 1st quarter worth $2,263,000. Hudock Capital Group LLC raised its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 313.8% during the 1st quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 629 shares of the company’s stock worth $83,000 after acquiring an additional 477 shares during the period. Finally, Brinker Capital Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 13.1% during the 1st quarter. Brinker Capital Inc. now owns 9,377 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,246,000 after acquiring an additional 1,084 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 93.42% 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 refrigerators, freezers, ice makers, and refrigerator water filters; laundry appliances and related laundry accessories; cooking appliances and other small domestic appliances; and dishwasher appliances and related accessories.

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