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Whirlpool Q1 earnings, sales rise

Whirlpool, world's leading manufacturer and marketer of major home appliances, announced first-quarter net earnings of $169 million, or $2.17 per diluted share, Wednesday.

This Just In: Upgrades and Downgrades

 
At The Motley Fool, we poke plenty of fun at Wall Street analysts and their endless cycle of upgrades, downgrades, and "initiating coverage at neutral." So you might think we'd be the last people to give virtual ink to such "news." And we would be -- if that were all we were doing.

 

Why Old Dominion Freight Line's Earnings Aren't So Hot


Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.

Is King Pharmaceuticals' Stock Cheap by the Numbers?


Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:


Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Kellogg's Earnings


Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.

How Cheap Is PPG's Stock by the Numbers?


Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:


Is Sara Lee Earning Enough for You?


Margins matter. The more Sara Lee (NYSE: SLE) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That's why I check on my holdings' margins at least once a quarter. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, comparisons with sector peers and competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong Sara Lee's competitive position could be.

Don't Get Too Worked Up Over Raytheon's Earnings


Although business headlines still tout earnings numbers, many investors have moved past net earnings as a measure of a company's economic output. That's because earnings are very often less trustworthy than cash flow, since earnings are more open to manipulation based on dubious judgment calls.

Is Covidien's Stock a Bargain by the Numbers?


Numbers can lie -- but they're the best first step in determining whether a stock is a buy. In this series, we use some carefully chosen metrics to size up a stock's true value based on the following clues:


The Best Stocks for 2011: Yahoo!

 

This article is part of our "Best Stocks for 2011" series where our Foolish writers pick their top stock ideas for the year ahead. Click here to see a review of last year's picks and our 12 recommendations for the year ahead.