Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) Getting Extremely Negative Press Coverage, Study Shows

News stories about Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) have been trending extremely negative on Saturday, according to InfoTrie. The research firm identifies positive and negative news coverage by reviewing more than six thousand news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Whirlpool earned a daily sentiment score of -4.14 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned media coverage about the company an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

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

WHR stock opened at $135.68 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.53, a current ratio of 0.83 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.29. The company has a market capitalization of $8.24 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.95, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.66 and a beta of 1.68. Whirlpool has a 12 month low of $99.40 and a 12 month high of $156.51.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last posted its earnings results on Monday, April 22nd. The company reported $3.11 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.04 by $0.07. The company had revenue of $4.76 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.83 billion. Whirlpool had a net margin of 0.93% and a return on equity of 30.17%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $2.81 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Whirlpool will post 14.68 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Saturday, June 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, May 17th will be given a $1.20 dividend. This represents a $4.80 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.54%. This is an increase from Whirlpool’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.15. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 16th. Whirlpool’s payout ratio is currently 31.66%.

WHR has been the topic of several research reports. Raymond James reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Whirlpool in a research note on Monday, March 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Whirlpool from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 4th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Whirlpool from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 1st. Finally, Longbow Research upgraded shares of Whirlpool from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $178.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Friday, May 10th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. Whirlpool currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $137.94.

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About Whirlpool

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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