Whirlpool Co. (NYSE:WHR) was the target of some unusual options trading activity on Tuesday. Stock traders acquired 5,236 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 634% compared to the average volume of 713 call options.
NYSE WHR opened at $137.95 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26. The firm has a market capitalization of $8.71 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.10, a P/E/G ratio of 1.88 and a beta of 1.63. Whirlpool has a 52-week low of $99.40 and a 52-week high of $180.00.
Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, January 28th. The company reported $4.75 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $4.30 by $0.45. The company had revenue of $5.66 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.76 billion. Whirlpool had a negative net margin of 0.87% and a positive return on equity of 27.24%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business posted $4.10 EPS. Research analysts forecast that Whirlpool will post 14.66 EPS for the current fiscal year.
In other news, Director Michael F. Johnston sold 2,845 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $133.54, for a total transaction of $379,921.30. Following the transaction, the director now owns 6,550 shares in the company, valued at approximately $874,687. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.83% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of WHR. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its position in Whirlpool by 9,212.2% in the 4th quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 3,303,672 shares of the company’s stock worth $31,000 after purchasing an additional 3,268,195 shares during the last quarter. American International Group Inc. grew its position in Whirlpool by 8,342.6% in the 4th quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 3,119,608 shares of the company’s stock worth $333,393,000 after purchasing an additional 3,082,657 shares during the last quarter. Primecap Management Co. CA grew its position in Whirlpool by 36.1% in the 3rd quarter. Primecap Management Co. CA now owns 7,650,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $908,454,000 after purchasing an additional 2,030,902 shares during the last quarter. LSV Asset Management boosted its position in shares of Whirlpool by 15.2% during the 3rd quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 2,187,560 shares of the company’s stock valued at $259,772,000 after acquiring an additional 288,480 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Ceredex Value Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Whirlpool during the 3rd quarter valued at about $28,922,000. Institutional investors own 96.98% of the company’s stock.
Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets home appliances and related products. It operates through four segments: North America; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America; and Asia. The company's principal products include laundry appliances, refrigerators and freezers, cooking appliances, dishwashers, mixers, and other small domestic appliances.
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