Analysts’ Recent Ratings Updates for Whirlpool (WHR)

A number of research firms have changed their ratings and price targets for Whirlpool (NYSE: WHR):

  • 1/29/2018 – Whirlpool had its “equal weight” rating reaffirmed by analysts at KeyCorp.
  • 1/29/2018 – Whirlpool had its price target raised by analysts at Royal Bank of Canada to $200.00. They now have an “in-line” rating on the stock.
  • 1/26/2018 – Whirlpool was upgraded by analysts at Raymond James Financial, Inc. from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating. They now have a $200.00 price target on the stock.
  • 1/26/2018 – Whirlpool was upgraded by analysts at UBS Group AG from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating.
  • 1/25/2018 – Whirlpool was upgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating. According to Zacks, “Whirlpool outperformed the industry in the last six months driven by its ongoing growth initiatives as well as global cost-based pricing and fixed cost reduction strategies. Further, the company’s goals for 2020 bode well. Additionally, Whirlpool’s innovation strategy that helps it to tap incremental sales and gain market share, has been driving the stock. However, Whirlpool posted fifth consecutive earnings miss in third-quarter 2017 continuing with its trend of reporting dismal earnings surprises. Moreover, top line lagged estimates for the second straight time. Adjusted operating margin was hurt by adverse product price/mix and raw material inflation, which is likely to continue throughout 2018. While both top and bottom line improved year over year, management slashed earnings guidance for 2017 on expectations of higher raw material inflation and unfavorable price/mix. Estimates have been stable ahead of the fourth quarter earnings.”

Whirlpool Co. (NYSE WHR) traded up $2.31 during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $169.32. The company had a trading volume of 355,351 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,086,347. Whirlpool Co. has a 12-month low of $158.80 and a 12-month high of $202.99. The firm has a market cap of $11,857.71, a PE ratio of 37.13, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.89 and a beta of 1.81. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86, a current ratio of 0.94 and a quick ratio of 0.58.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The company reported $4.10 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $4.01 by $0.09. Whirlpool had a return on equity of 18.36% and a net margin of 1.65%. The firm had revenue of $5.70 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.88 billion. During the same period last year, the firm posted $4.33 EPS. The business’s revenue was up .8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Whirlpool Co. will post 15.32 earnings per share for the current year.

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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