Shares of Whirlpool Co. (NYSE:WHR) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the thirteen analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have assigned a hold recommendation and two have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $141.09.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on WHR shares. Buckingham Research lifted their price objective on Whirlpool from $135.00 to $150.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 17th. Longbow Research set a $178.00 price objective on Whirlpool and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised Whirlpool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, August 22nd. Gabelli reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Whirlpool in a report on Wednesday, July 24th. Finally, TheStreet raised Whirlpool from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a report on Monday, July 22nd.

In other news, CFO James W. Peters sold 650 shares of the business’s 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 completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 18,569 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,720,544.19. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. 0.91% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of WHR. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 7.2% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 857,618 shares of the company’s stock worth $91,496,000 after buying an additional 57,356 shares in the last quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC raised its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 7.5% during the 1st quarter. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC now owns 8,709 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,157,000 after buying an additional 608 shares in the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC raised its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 115.1% during the 1st quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 36,033 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,788,000 after buying an additional 19,284 shares in the last quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. raised its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 7.7% during the 1st quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 5,565 shares of the company’s stock worth $739,000 after buying an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System raised its holdings in shares of Whirlpool by 1.7% during the 1st quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 86,013 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,430,000 after buying an additional 1,399 shares in the last quarter. 93.96% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

NYSE:WHR traded up $0.71 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $149.28. 250,315 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 573,994. The stock has a market capitalization of $9.67 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.85, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.92 and a beta of 1.82. The firm’s 50-day simple moving average is $139.74 and its 200 day simple moving average is $137.42. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.31, a quick ratio of 0.54 and a current ratio of 0.84. Whirlpool has a fifty-two week low of $99.40 and a fifty-two week high of $153.22.

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

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Sunday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 30th were issued a dividend of $1.20 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 29th. This represents a $4.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.22%. Whirlpool’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 31.66%.

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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