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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Whirlpool Corporation

(

WHR

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Whirlpool Corporation 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 1.62 mentions/day.
  • WHR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $169.8 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 engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances 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 1.7%. WHR has a PE ratio of 15.2. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Whirlpool Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Whirlpool Corporation has been 834,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whirlpool has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. The stock has a beta of 1.75 and a short float of 2.4% with 1.52 days to cover. Shares are down 9.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Whirlpool Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 157.44% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 42.36% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, WHR should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • WHIRLPOOL CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, WHIRLPOOL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $5.06 versus $4.96 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($10.09 versus $5.06).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Household Durables industry. The net income increased by 164.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $74.00 million to $196.00 million.
  • WHR's revenue growth trails the industry average of 29.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.

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