Whirlpool Stock Forecast (WHR:NYE) Fundamental Analysis is Bullish

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by: STA Research

Based on the Whirlpool Corporation stock forecasts from 5 analysts, the average analyst target price for Whirlpool Corporation is USD 199.25 over the next 12 months. Whirlpool Stock Forecast average analyst rating is Buy. Stock Target Advisor’s own Whirlpool Stock Forecast is Bullish, which is based on 10 positive signals and 2 negative signals. At the last closing, Whirlpool Corporation’s stock price was USD 167.77. Whirlpool Corporation’s stock price has changed by +8.39% over the past week, +1.42% over the past month and -23.57% over the last year.

The Whirlpool Corporation produces and sells household appliances and related goods. North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, Latin America, and Asia make up its four operating segments. Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, JennAir, Amana, Roper, Affresh, Gladiator, Swash, everydrop, Speed Queen, Hotpoint, Bauknecht, Indesit, Ignis, Privileg, Consul, Eslabon de Lujo, Brastemp, Acros, Ariston, Diqua, and Royalstar are the principal brands under which it markets and distributes its products. The headquarters of the 1911-founded Whirlpool Corporation is in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

 

What we like:

High market capitalization

This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.

Superior total returns

The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual total returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.

Underpriced compared to earnings

The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price-to-earning basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.

Underpriced on a cash flow basis

The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price-to-cash flow basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.

Superior return on equity

The company management has delivered a better return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Superior capital utilization

The company management has delivered a better return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.

Positive cash flow

The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Positive free cash flow

The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.

Superior Earnings Growth

This stock has shown top quartile earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.

Superior Dividend Growth

This stock has shown top quartile dividend growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector

 

What we don’t like:

Overpriced compared to book value

The stock is trading high compared to its peers’ median on a price-to-book value basis.

Highly leveraged

The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.

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