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Westlake Chemical Stock Price, News & Analysis (NYSE:WLK)

$62.51
+0.17 (+0.27 %)
(As of 10/16/2019 03:15 AM ET)
Today's Range
$60.88
Now: $62.51
$62.56
50-Day Range
$56.16
MA: $62.20
$69.24
52-Week Range
$55.82
Now: $62.51
$81.49
Volume707,441 shs
Average Volume831,503 shs
Market Capitalization$8.02 billion
P/E Ratio8.00
Dividend Yield1.68%
Beta1.61
Westlake Chemical Corporation manufactures and markets basic chemicals, vinyls, polymers, and building products worldwide. 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. Read More…

Industry, Sector and Symbol

Industry Industrial organic chemicals
Sub-IndustryCommodity Chemicals
SectorBasic Materials
CUSIP96041310
Phone713-960-9111

Debt

Price-To-Earnings

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$8.64 billion
Cash Flow$12.63 per share
Book Value$47.04 per share

Profitability

Net Income$996 million

Miscellaneous

Employees8,870
Market Cap$8.02 billion
Next Earnings Date11/5/2019 (Estimated)
OptionableOptionable

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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 announced a quarterly dividend on Thursday, August 15th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 27th will be given a dividend of $0.2625 per share on Wednesday, September 11th. This represents a $1.05 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.68%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, August 26th. View Westlake Chemical's Dividend History.

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

Shares of Westlake Chemical split on Wednesday, March 19th 2014. The 2-1 split was announced on Tuesday, February 18th 2014. The newly created shares were issued to shareholders after the market closes 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) posted its earnings results on Tuesday, August, 6th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.92 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.84 by $0.08. The specialty chemicals company had revenue of $2.14 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $2.15 billion. Westlake Chemical had a return on equity of 11.05% and a net margin of 7.39%. The company's revenue was down 4.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.12 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 5th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for Westlake Chemical.

What price target have analysts set for WLK?

15 brokerages have issued 1-year target prices for Westlake Chemical's shares. Their predictions range from $51.00 to $105.00. On average, they expect Westlake Chemical's stock price to reach $71.84 in the next twelve months. This suggests a possible upside of 14.9% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Westlake Chemical.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Westlake Chemical?

15 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Westlake Chemical in the last year. There are currently 3 sell ratings, 8 hold ratings and 4 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. According to Zacks Investment Research, "Westlake Chemical has outperformed the industry over the past six months. The company is benefiting from synergies of Axiall acquisition and strong demand for its major products. It should also benefit from its capacity expansion projects. However, Westlake Chemical faces headwind from raw material cost inflation which may weigh on its margins. The company is also exposed to pricing pressure. Some weaknesses in caustic soda, polyethylene and PVC resin prices are expected in the first quarter of 2019, hurting its bottom line. The company’s operations are also exposed to planned turnarounds and unplanned outages. Its high balance sheet leverage is also a matter of concern." (4/27/2019)
  • 2. Barclays PLC analysts commented, "We think WLK did a decent job on the call explaining the largest moving pieces/discrepancies (i.e., cost inflation vs. FIFO/LIFO vs. price declines), although investors tend to still have difficulty modeling Vinyls results. 1H’19 numbers are likely to remain pressured, given the start-up of new ethylene /PE capacity + recent declines in caustic soda prices, however we continue to think the fundamental outlook (particularly for the Chlor-Alkali product chain) remains quite strong. Our biggest concern short term remains the potential liquidity cliff created by the Dow spin on April 1 (see Duffy Fischer’s note, A Cut, A Cliff, and A January 15, 2019).We are hosting ~100 other Cloud…,’ industrial + material companies at our annual Industrials Select Conference this week in Miami. We hope to see most of you there." (2/20/2019)

Has Westlake Chemical been receiving favorable news coverage?

Media headlines about WLK stock have been trending negative this week, InfoTrie reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Westlake Chemical earned a news sentiment score of -2.4 on InfoTrie's scale. They also gave headlines about the specialty chemicals company a news buzz of 0.0 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company's share price in the next several days. View News Stories for Westlake Chemical.

Are investors shorting Westlake Chemical?

Westlake Chemical saw a drop in short interest in September. As of September 30th, there was short interest totalling 3,060,000 shares, a drop of 10.3% from the August 30th total of 3,410,000 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 592,300 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 5.2 days. Currently, 8.8% of the shares of the stock are sold short. View Westlake Chemical's Current Options Chain.

Who are some of Westlake Chemical's key competitors?

What other stocks do shareholders of Westlake Chemical own?

Based on aggregate information from My MarketBeat watchlists, some companies that other Westlake Chemical investors own include NVIDIA (NVDA), Boeing (BA), Micron Technology (MU), UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Alibaba Group (BABA), Mastercard (MA), Cisco Systems (CSCO), Paypal (PYPL), Viper Energy Partners (VNOM) and Home Depot (HD).

Who are Westlake Chemical's key executives?

Westlake Chemical's management team includes the folowing people:
  • Mr. Albert Yuan Chao, Pres, CEO & Director (Age 69)
  • Mr. Steven Mark Bender CPA, Exec. VP & CFO (Age 62)
  • Mr. L. Benjamin Ederington, Chief Admin. Officer, Sr. VP, Gen. Counsel & Corp. Sec. (Age 48)
  • Mr. Robert F. Buesinger, Exec. VP of Vinyl Products (Age 62)
  • Mr. George J. Mangieri, Sr. VP & Chief Accounting Officer (Age 68)

Who are Westlake Chemical's major shareholders?

Westlake Chemical's stock is owned by many different of institutional and retail investors. Top institutional investors include Scout Investments Inc. (0.18%), Winmill & CO. Inc. (0.03%), Hennessy Advisors Inc. (0.03%) and Bowling Portfolio Management LLC (0.01%). Company insiders that own Westlake Chemical stock include Albert Chao, Andrew Kenner, Dorothy C Jenkins, George J Mangieri, H John Riley Jr, James Chao, L Benjamin Ederington, Lawrence E Teel, Mark Steven Bender, Max L Lukens, Robert F Buesinger and Robert T Blakely. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Westlake Chemical.

Which major investors are selling Westlake Chemical stock?

WLK stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Scout Investments Inc., Bowling Portfolio Management LLC and Hennessy Advisors Inc.. Company insiders that have sold Westlake Chemical company stock in the last year include Albert Chao, Dorothy C Jenkins and H John Riley Jr. View Insider Buying and Selling for Westlake Chemical.

Which major investors are buying Westlake Chemical stock?

WLK stock was bought by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Winmill & CO. Inc.. 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, Robinhood, Fidelity and Charles Schwab.

What is Westlake Chemical's stock price today?

One share of WLK stock can currently be purchased for approximately $62.51.

How big of a company is Westlake Chemical?

Westlake Chemical has a market capitalization of $8.02 billion and generates $8.64 billion in revenue each year. The specialty chemicals company earns $996 million in net income (profit) each year or $7.81 on an earnings per share basis. Westlake Chemical employs 8,870 workers across the globe.View Additional Information About Westlake Chemical.

What is Westlake Chemical's official website?

The official website for Westlake Chemical is http://www.westlake.com/.

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:  2.5 out of 5 (star star half star)
Outperform Votes:  369 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  374 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  743
MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Westlake Chemical and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe WLK will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe WLK will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days.
This page was last updated on 10/16/2019 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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