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NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- The ex-dividend date for

Whirlpool Corporation

(NYSE:

WHR

) is tomorrow, August 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 $74.07 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.7%.

The average volume for Whirlpool has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Whirlpool has a market cap of $5.77 billion and is part of the

consumer goods

sector and

consumer durables

industry. Shares are up 56% 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 and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other portable household appliances. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, equal to the average consumer durables industry P/E ratio 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 solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. You can view the full

Whirlpool Ratings Report

.

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