News coverage about Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Whirlpool Corporation earned a media sentiment score of 0.08 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the company an impact score of 46.437880109502 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

WHR has been the subject of a number of research analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Whirlpool Corporation from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 19th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $216.00 price target on shares of Whirlpool Corporation in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Credit Suisse Group AG initiated coverage on Whirlpool Corporation in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. They set a “neutral” rating and a $208.00 price target for the company. Finally, BidaskClub cut Whirlpool Corporation from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $194.71.

Shares of Whirlpool Corporation (WHR) opened at 173.19 on Wednesday. Whirlpool Corporation has a 12 month low of $145.91 and a 12 month high of $202.99. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $185.41 and its 200 day moving average is $180.85. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.64 billion, a P/E ratio of 17.33 and a beta of 1.79.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $3.35 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.54 by $0.19. Whirlpool Corporation had a net margin of 3.61% and a return on equity of 18.17%. The firm had revenue of $5.35 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.35 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $3.50 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Whirlpool Corporation will post $14.63 EPS for the current year.

Whirlpool Corporation declared that its board has authorized a share buyback plan on Wednesday, July 26th that authorizes the company to buyback $2.35 billion in shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the company to repurchase up to 16.7% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are often a sign that the company’s leadership believes its shares are undervalued.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 25th will be given a dividend of $1.10 per share. This represents a $4.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.54%. Whirlpool Corporation’s dividend payout ratio is currently 44.04%.

In related news, Director William D. Perez bought 1,000 shares of Whirlpool Corporation stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 31st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $176.93 per share, with a total value of $176,930.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 7,239 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,280,796.27. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.69% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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About Whirlpool Corporation

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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