GSA Capital Partners LLP lessened its position in Whirlpool Co. (NYSE:WHR) by 38.1% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund owned 3,299 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,034 shares during the period. GSA Capital Partners LLP’s holdings in Whirlpool were worth $482,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in WHR. WMS Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Whirlpool during the second quarter worth about $213,000. Homrich & Berg boosted its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 28.0% during the second quarter. Homrich & Berg now owns 5,499 shares of the company’s stock worth $804,000 after purchasing an additional 1,203 shares during the period. Bay Colony Advisory Group Inc d b a Bay Colony Advisors purchased a new stake in shares of Whirlpool during the second quarter worth about $208,000. South Texas Money Management Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of Whirlpool during the second quarter worth about $18,437,000. Finally, Pinnacle Associates Ltd. purchased a new stake in shares of Whirlpool during the second quarter worth about $373,000. 93.15% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of WHR opened at $123.07 on Tuesday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.59, a current ratio of 0.92 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.43. Whirlpool Co. has a one year low of $122.20 and a one year high of $190.73. The stock has a market capitalization of $8.04 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.96, a P/E/G ratio of 0.94 and a beta of 1.58.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, July 23rd. The company reported $3.20 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.63 by ($0.43). Whirlpool had a positive return on equity of 20.73% and a negative net margin of 2.62%. The company had revenue of $5.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.29 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $3.35 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts predict that Whirlpool Co. will post 14.2 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Saturday, September 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 31st were issued a $1.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 30th. This represents a $4.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.74%. Whirlpool’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 33.48%.

In related news, Director Diane M. Dietz acquired 1,600 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 26th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $124.26 per share, for a total transaction of $198,816.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 8,339 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,036,204.14. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Company insiders own 2.83% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on WHR shares. Longbow Research lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $185.00 target price for the company. in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, July 7th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Whirlpool from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Saturday, June 2nd. Credit Suisse Group set a $175.00 target price on shares of Whirlpool and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 24th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. dropped their target price on shares of Whirlpool from $210.00 to $180.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, June 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $174.75.

Whirlpool 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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