Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE:WHR) shares hit a new 52-week high during trading on Friday . The stock traded as high as $193.59 and last traded at $193.42, with a volume of 516,973 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $192.38.

A number of research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Raymond James Financial Inc. raised shares of Whirlpool Corp. from a “market perform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $185.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Whirlpool Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $173.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Bank of America Corp. reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $230.00 price objective on shares of Whirlpool Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, June 8th. MKM Partners lifted their price objective on shares of Whirlpool Corp. from $204.00 to $215.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, July 25th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada lifted their price objective on shares of Whirlpool Corp. from $169.00 to $209.00 in a research note on Tuesday, April 12th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $198.50.

The firm has a market cap of $14.51 billion and a P/E ratio of 17.05. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $175.66 and a 200 day moving average price of $166.32.

Whirlpool Corp. (NYSE:WHR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Friday, July 22nd. The company reported $3.50 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.37 by $0.13. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $2.70 earnings per share. The business had revenue of $5.21 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.13 billion. The business’s quarterly revenue was down .2% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts forecast that Whirlpool Corp. will post $14.68 EPS for the current year.

In related news, EVP David T. Szczupak sold 11,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $177.11, for a total transaction of $1,948,210.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Larry M. Venturelli sold 20,428 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $176.21, for a total transaction of $3,599,617.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. boosted its stake in Whirlpool Corp. by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 118,478 shares of the company’s stock valued at $17,602,000 after buying an additional 1,303 shares in the last quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd boosted its stake in Whirlpool Corp. by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 22,631 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,324,000 after buying an additional 450 shares in the last quarter. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its stake in Whirlpool Corp. by 24.9% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 33,451 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,914,000 after buying an additional 6,667 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its stake in Whirlpool Corp. by 5.5% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 562,303 shares of the company’s stock valued at $82,586,000 after buying an additional 29,264 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK boosted its stake in Whirlpool Corp. by 14.5% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 19,747 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,156,000 after buying an additional 2,501 shares in the last quarter.

Whirlpool Corporation is a manufacturer and marketer of home appliances. The Company manufactures products in approximately 15 countries and markets products around the world under brand names, such as Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, Jenn-Air and Indesit. The Company’s segments include North America, Latin America, EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) and Asia.

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