Media headlines about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have been trending somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than 20 million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Whirlpool earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 47.155325854516 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

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

WHR has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 18th. Royal Bank of Canada raised their price objective on shares of Whirlpool to $200.00 and gave the stock an “in-line” rating in a research note on Monday, January 29th. UBS Group raised shares of Whirlpool from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Bank of America lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $183.00 price objective for the company. in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Raymond James Financial raised shares of Whirlpool from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $200.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, January 26th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $189.40.

Whirlpool (WHR) traded up $1.02 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $171.21. 751,267 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,090,000. Whirlpool has a 12 month low of $158.80 and a 12 month high of $202.99. The company has a current ratio of 0.94, a quick ratio of 0.58 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86. The stock has a market cap of $12,300.00, a P/E ratio of 37.96, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.91 and a beta of 1.81.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The company reported $4.10 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $4.01 by $0.09. Whirlpool had a net margin of 1.65% and a return on equity of 18.36%. The company had revenue of $5.70 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.88 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $4.33 EPS. The company’s revenue was up .8% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts expect that Whirlpool will post 15.32 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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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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