NYSE:WLK - Westlake Chemical Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$95.59 -1.34 (-1.38 %)
(As of 08/17/2018 04:00 PM ET)
Previous Close$95.59
Today's Range$94.93 - $96.72
52-Week Range$68.93 - $124.29
Volume809,282 shs
Average Volume820,396 shs
Market Capitalization$12.71 billion
P/E Ratio17.48
Dividend Yield0.89%
Beta1.55
Westlake Chemical logoWestlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and building products primarily in North America and Europe. It operates through two segments, Olefins and Vinyls. The Olefins segment offers polyethylene, styrene monomers, and various ethylene co-products, as well as sells propylene, crude butadiene, pyrolysis gasoline, and hydrogen products. The Vinyls segment provides specialty and commodity polyvinyl chloride (PVC), vinyl chloride monomers, ethylene dichloride, chlorine, caustic soda, chlorinated derivative, and ethylene products. This segment also manufactures and sells building products fabricated from PVC, including pipe, fittings, profiles, trims, moldings, fence and decking products, window and door components, and film and sheet products. Westlake Chemical Corporation offers its products to a range of customers, including chemical processors, plastics fabricators, small construction contractors, municipalities, and supply warehouses in various consumer and industrial markets, such as flexible and rigid packaging, automotive products, coatings, water treatment, refrigerants, residential and commercial construction, as well as other durable and non-durable goods. The company was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Westlake Chemical Corporation is a subsidiary of TTWF LP.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Industrial organic chemicals
Sub-IndustryCommodity Chemicals
SectorBasic Materials
SymbolNYSE:WLK
CUSIP96041310
Phone713-960-9111

Debt

Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.46
Current Ratio2.27
Quick Ratio1.51

Price-To-Earnings

Trailing P/E Ratio17.48
Forward P/E Ratio10.59
P/E Growth0.83

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$8.04 billion
Price / Sales1.54
Cash Flow$9.9263 per share
Price / Cash9.63
Book Value$41.59 per share
Price / Book2.30

Profitability

EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$5.47
Net Income$1.30 billion
Net Margins18.55%
Return on Equity19.44%
Return on Assets8.99%

Miscellaneous

Employees8,800
Outstanding Shares129,660,000
Market Cap$12.71 billion

Westlake Chemical (NYSE:WLK) Frequently Asked Questions

What is Westlake Chemical's stock symbol?

Westlake Chemical trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "WLK."

How often does Westlake Chemical pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Westlake Chemical?

Westlake Chemical declared a quarterly dividend on Monday, May 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, May 30th will be given a dividend of $0.21 per share on Wednesday, June 13th. This represents a $0.84 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.88%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 29th. View Westlake Chemical's Dividend History.

When did Westlake Chemical's stock split? How did Westlake Chemical's stock split work?

Westlake Chemical shares split before market open on Wednesday, March 19th 2014. The 2-1 split was announced on Tuesday, February 18th 2014. The newly minted shares were payable to shareholders after the closing bell on Tuesday, March 18th 2014. An investor that had 100 shares of Westlake Chemical stock prior to the split would have 200 shares after the split.

How were Westlake Chemical's earnings last quarter?

Westlake Chemical Co. (NYSE:WLK) released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August, 2nd. The specialty chemicals company reported $2.22 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $2.52 by $0.30. The specialty chemicals company had revenue of $2.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.19 billion. Westlake Chemical had a return on equity of 19.44% and a net margin of 18.55%. Westlake Chemical's revenue for the quarter was up 12.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.21 EPS. View Westlake Chemical's Earnings History.

When is Westlake Chemical's next earnings date?

Westlake Chemical is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Tuesday, November, 6th 2018. View Earnings Estimates for Westlake Chemical.

What price target have analysts set for WLK?

18 Wall Street analysts have issued twelve-month price targets for Westlake Chemical's stock. Their forecasts range from $87.00 to $150.00. On average, they anticipate Westlake Chemical's share price to reach $117.5625 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 23.0% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Westlake Chemical.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Westlake Chemical?

18 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Westlake Chemical in the last year. There are currently 2 sell ratings, 8 hold ratings and 8 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Hold." View Analyst Ratings for Westlake Chemical.

What are Wall Street analysts saying about Westlake Chemical stock?

Here are some recent quotes from research analysts about Westlake Chemical stock:
  • 1. med analysts commented, "We peg recurring EPS at USD2.22 – a miss relative to the consensus estimate of USD2.50. Q2 reported EBITDA of USD568m also missed consensus, which was USD623m. Quarter-over-quarter, Olefins segment volumes declined 2.2%, while Vinyl segment volumes rose 3.1%. Westlake’s press release stated that, though the company had planned turnarounds in Vinyls segments, the Vinyls segment also experienced unplanned turnarounds. The press release did not break-out the EBITDA impact from the Vinyls segment’s planned and unplanned outages. We will seek clarity around the earnings impact of these turnarounds on the conference call, but believe the shortfall, relative to consensus, may have resulted from these outages. Olefins segment pricing declined 1.9% q-o-q, while Vinyls segment pricing rose 3.1%." (8/2/2018)
  • 2. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Westlake Chemical has outperformed the industry it belongs to over a year. It is benefiting from synergies of Axiall acquisition and strong demand for its major products. The company remains on track to realize significant synergies and cost savings related to the Axiall acquisition. Increased demand for major products across both Vinyls and Olefins segments is also driving its revenues. Westlake Chemical should also benefit from its capacity expansion projects. However, the company faces headwind from raw material cost inflation which may affect its margins.  Its operations are exposed to planned turnarounds and unplanned outages." (7/18/2018)

Who are some of Westlake Chemical's key competitors?

Who are Westlake Chemical's key executives?

Westlake Chemical's management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. Albert Yuan Chao, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 68)
  • Mr. Steven Mark Bender CPA, Exec. VP & CFO (Age 61)
  • Mr. Robert F. Buesinger, Exec. VP of Vinyl Products (Age 61)
  • Mr. George J. Mangieri, Sr. VP & Chief Accounting Officer (Age 67)
  • Mr. L. Benjamin Ederington, Chief Admin. Officer, Sr. VP, Gen. Counsel & Corp. Sec. (Age 47)

Has Westlake Chemical been receiving favorable news coverage?

Media stories about WLK stock have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Westlake Chemical earned a news impact score of 0.07 on Accern's scale. They also gave news headlines about the specialty chemicals company an impact score of 47.58 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company's share price in the next several days. View Recent Headlines for Westlake Chemical.

Who are Westlake Chemical's major shareholders?

Westlake Chemical's stock is owned by a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include FMR LLC (5.69%), BlackRock Inc. (1.49%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (0.92%), Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (0.87%), Advisors Asset Management Inc. (0.46%) and RE Advisers Corp (0.39%). Company insiders that own Westlake Chemical stock include Albert Chao, Andrew Kenner, Dorothy C Jenkins, George J Mangieri, James Chao, L Benjamin Ederington, Lawrence E Teel, Mark Steven Bender, Max L Lukens, Michael J Mattina, Robert F Buesinger and Robert T Blakely. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Westlake Chemical.

Which institutional investors are selling Westlake Chemical stock?

WLK stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Federated Investors Inc. PA, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Bank of America Corp DE, Carillon Tower Advisers Inc., Mackay Shields LLC, RE Advisers Corp, Bank of New York Mellon Corp and Rothschild Asset Management Inc.. Company insiders that have sold Westlake Chemical company stock in the last year include Albert Chao, Andrew Kenner, Dorothy C Jenkins, George J Mangieri, James Chao, L Benjamin Ederington, Lawrence E Teel, Mark Steven Bender, Max L Lukens, Robert F Buesinger and Robert T Blakely. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westlake Chemical.

Which institutional investors are buying Westlake Chemical stock?

WLK stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including FMR LLC, Advisors Asset Management Inc., BlackRock Inc., Glenmede Trust Co. NA, James Investment Research Inc., Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. and Swiss National Bank. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westlake Chemical.

How do I buy shares of Westlake Chemical?

Shares of WLK can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Westlake Chemical's stock price today?

One share of WLK stock can currently be purchased for approximately $95.59.

How big of a company is Westlake Chemical?

Westlake Chemical has a market capitalization of $12.71 billion and generates $8.04 billion in revenue each year. The specialty chemicals company earns $1.30 billion in net income (profit) each year or $5.47 on an earnings per share basis. Westlake Chemical employs 8,800 workers across the globe.

How can I contact Westlake Chemical?

Westlake Chemical's mailing address is 2801 POST OAK BLVD SUITE 600, HOUSTON TX, 77056. The specialty chemicals company can be reached via phone at 713-960-9111 or via email at [email protected]


MarketBeat Community Rating for Westlake Chemical (NYSE WLK)

Community Ranking:  2.6 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  308 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  282 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  590
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This page was last updated on 8/18/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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