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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Whirlpool

(

WHR

) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Whirlpool as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • WHR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $192.8 million.
  • WHR traded 20,485 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:51 AM.
  • WHR is down 7.8% today from Friday's close.

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More details on WHR:

Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets home appliances and related products worldwide. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.9%. WHR has a PE ratio of 23.4. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Whirlpool a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Whirlpool has been 886,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whirlpool has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. The stock has a beta of 1.52 and a short float of 2.5% with 2.36 days to cover. Shares are up 1.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Whirlpool as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • WHR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 57.54% to $1,607.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 42.84%.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.89, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.45 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • WHIRLPOOL CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WHIRLPOOL CORP reported lower earnings of $8.17 versus $10.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($14.00 versus $8.17).

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