Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) has been given a $150.00 target price by investment analysts at Buckingham Research in a note issued to investors on Tuesday, TipRanks reports. The brokerage currently has a “hold” rating on the stock. Buckingham Research’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 0.95% from the stock’s previous close.

Several other brokerages also recently weighed in on WHR. Longbow Research set a $178.00 price target on Whirlpool and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, August 22nd. ValuEngine upgraded Whirlpool from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, September 10th. Gabelli restated a “hold” rating on shares of Whirlpool in a report on Wednesday, July 24th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded Whirlpool from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, July 22nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. Whirlpool presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $140.95.

WHR traded up $0.02 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $148.59. The stock had a trading volume of 600,777 shares, compared to its average volume of 797,455. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $139.74 and its two-hundred day moving average is $137.42. The company has a current ratio of 0.84, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.31. The company has a market capitalization of $9.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.80, a P/E/G ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 1.82. Whirlpool has a one year low of $99.40 and a one year high of $153.22.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 22nd. The company reported $4.01 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $3.80 by $0.21. Whirlpool had a return on equity of 30.55% and a net margin of 4.39%. The firm had revenue of $5.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.03 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $3.20 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was up 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Whirlpool will post 15.12 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CFO James W. Peters sold 650 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $146.51, for a total transaction of $95,231.50. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 18,569 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,720,544.19. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Company insiders own 0.91% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in Whirlpool by 0.3% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 4,353,649 shares of the company’s stock worth $619,788,000 after purchasing an additional 14,023 shares during the last quarter. Vestmark Advisory Solutions Inc. boosted its position in Whirlpool by 59.4% in the second quarter. Vestmark Advisory Solutions Inc. now owns 2,779 shares of the company’s stock worth $396,000 after purchasing an additional 1,036 shares during the last quarter. Luminus Management LLC purchased a new position in Whirlpool in the second quarter worth about $997,000. Maverick Capital Ltd. purchased a new position in Whirlpool in the second quarter worth about $2,748,000. Finally, Primecap Management Co. CA boosted its position in Whirlpool by 0.8% in the second quarter. Primecap Management Co. CA now owns 7,809,340 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,111,738,000 after purchasing an additional 61,160 shares during the last quarter. 93.96% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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