NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Whirlpool Corporation

(NYSE:

WHR

) is tomorrow, February 29, 2012. Owners of shares as of market close today will be eligible for a dividend of 50 cents per share. At a price of $75.83 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Whirlpool has been two million shares per day over the past 30 days. Whirlpool has a market cap of $4.16 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

consumer durables

industry. Shares are up 60.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

Whirlpool Corporation engages in the manufacture and marketing of home appliances worldwide. Its principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other small household appliances. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, above the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio of 12 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Whirlpool as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Whirlpool Ratings Report

.

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