News stories about Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) have been trending positive on Saturday, AlphaOne reports. The research group, a subsidiary of Accern, identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. AlphaOne ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Whirlpool Corporation earned a news impact score of 0.42 on AlphaOne’s scale. AlphaOne also assigned headlines about the company an impact score of 100 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have impacted Alpha One Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR)

Shares of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) opened at 195.87 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $14.49 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.86 and a beta of 1.76. Whirlpool Corporation has a one year low of $145.91 and a one year high of $202.99. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $186.32 and its 200 day moving average price is $178.55.

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) last issued its earnings results on Monday, April 24th. The company reported $2.50 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.65 by $0.15. The firm had revenue of $4.79 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.74 billion. Whirlpool Corporation had a return on equity of 18.37% and a net margin of 4.27%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 3.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $2.63 EPS. Analysts forecast that Whirlpool Corporation will post $15.12 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, June 15th. Investors of record on Friday, May 19th were paid a dividend of $1.10 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, May 17th. This represents a $4.40 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.25%. This is an increase from Whirlpool Corporation’s previous quarterly dividend of $1.00. Whirlpool Corporation’s payout ratio is presently 37.87%.

Several analysts have recently commented on WHR shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered 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 objective on shares of Whirlpool Corporation in a report on Friday, June 2nd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $191.43.

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In related news, insider Marc R. Bitzer sold 19,314 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $183.84, for a total transaction of $3,550,685.76. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Insiders own 2.69% of the company’s stock.

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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