Trade-Ideas: Whirlpool (WHR) Is Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock - TheStreet

Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Whirlpool

(

WHR

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Whirlpool as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • WHR has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.58 mentions/day.
  • WHR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $189.7 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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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 2.7%. WHR has a PE ratio of 15. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Whirlpool a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Whirlpool has been 938,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whirlpool has a market cap of $10.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. The stock has a beta of 1.81 and a short float of 4.7% with 2.44 days to cover. Shares are down 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • WHR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • WHIRLPOOL CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in 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 ($12.20 versus $8.17).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Household Durables industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 2.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $230.00 million to $235.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for WHIRLPOOL CORP is rather low; currently it is at 20.20%. Regardless of WHR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.45% trails the industry average.

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