Stock Worth Watching: Grainger W W Inc (NYSE:GWW) Institutional Investor Sentiment Trend

November 25, 2016 - By Ellis Scott   ·   0 Comments

Stock Worth Watching: Grainger W W Inc (NYSE:GWW) Institutional Investor Sentiment Trend

Sentiment for Grainger W W Inc (NYSE:GWW)

Grainger W W Inc (NYSE:GWW) institutional sentiment increased to 0.99 in 2016 Q2. Its up 0.12, from 0.87 in 2016Q1. The ratio is positive, as 209 investment managers started new or increased equity positions, while 241 cut down and sold equity positions in Grainger W W Inc. The investment managers in our partner’s database now possess: 49.10 million shares, down from 54.11 million shares in 2016Q1. Also, the number of investment managers holding Grainger W W Inc in their top 10 equity positions decreased from 10 to 6 for a decrease of 4. Sold All: 52 Reduced: 189 Increased: 169 New Position: 40.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related services and products. The company has a market cap of $13.42 billion. The Firm offers its services and products to businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada, with presence also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. It has a 20.3 P/E ratio. Grainger operates through two divisions: the United States and Canada.

The stock increased 0.54% or $1.22 on November 25, hitting $225.77. About 108,680 shares traded hands. W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) has declined 1.97% since April 22, 2016 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 7.38% the S&P500.

Analysts await W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) to report earnings on January, 25 before the open. They expect $2.42 EPS, down 2.81% or $0.07 from last year’s $2.49 per share. GWW’s profit will be $143.85M for 23.32 P/E if the $2.42 EPS becomes a reality. After $3.06 actual EPS reported by W W Grainger Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -20.92% negative EPS growth.

According to Zacks Investment Research, “Grainger offers a breadth of MRO solutions by combining products, services, and information. The company tailors its capabilities toward the objective of providing the lowest total cost MRO solution to select customer groups. The Branch-based Distribution Businesses serve immediate and/or planned purchase MRO needs. The Digital Businesses offer a broad array of indirect materials and related information to meet the needs of businesses looking to reduce process costs through Internet-enabled solutions.”

Gabalex Capital Management Llc holds 9.94% of its portfolio in W W Grainger Inc for 120,000 shares. Longview Partners (Guernsey) Ltd owns 2.99 million shares or 4.52% of their US portfolio. Moreover, Mcdaniel Terry & Co has 4.48% invested in the company for 87,668 shares. The Pennsylvania-based Coho Partners Ltd. has invested 4.28% in the stock. Compass Capital Management Inc, a Minnesota-based fund reported 86,250 shares.#img1#

Insider Transactions: Since January 1, 0001, the stock had 0 buys, and 2 insider sales for $779,523 net activity.

W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) Ratings Coverage

Ratings analysis reveals 27% of W.W. Grainger’s analysts are positive. Out of 11 Wall Street analysts rating W.W. Grainger, 3 give it “Buy”, 2 “Sell” rating, while 6 recommend “Hold”. The lowest target is $174 while the high is $300. The stock’s average target of $217.55 is -3.64% below today’s ($225.77) share price. GWW was included in 47 notes of analysts from July 21, 2015. The stock has “Equal-Weight” rating given by Barclays Capital on Monday, October 5. Stifel Nicolaus maintained W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) rating on Thursday, October 1. Stifel Nicolaus has “Buy” rating and $234 price target. The firm has “Equal Weight” rating given on Monday, October 19 by Barclays Capital. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of GWW in a report on Monday, November 14 with “Underperform” rating. The stock of W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) earned “Neutral” rating by Robert W. Baird on Monday, August 24. The stock has “Buy” rating given by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, October 19. The company was downgraded on Monday, October 19 by Stephens. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Tuesday, March 8 by Stifel Nicolaus. The rating was downgraded by RBC Capital Markets to “Underperform” on Thursday, July 30. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Underperform” rating in Friday, November 13 report.

GWW Company Profile

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger), incorporated on December 27, 1928, is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related services and products. The Firm offers its services and products to businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada, with presence also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Grainger operates through two divisions: the United States and Canada. Grainger’s centralized business support functions provide coordination and guidance in the areas of accounting and finance, business development, communications and investor relations, compensation and benefits, information systems, health and safety, global supply chain functions, human resources, risk management, internal audit, legal, real estate, security, tax and treasury. The Company’s others businesses also include The Fabory Group (Fabory), MonotaRO Co. (MonotaRO), Grainger Mexico and Zoro Tools, Inc. (Zoro).

More news for W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) were recently published by: Nasdaq.com, which released: “W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW) Has Dropped To An 8-Month Low After Guidance Narrowed” on October 18, 2016. Forbes.com‘s article titled: “Ex-Dividend Reminder: W.W. Grainger, United Parcel Service and Woodward” and published on November 07, 2016 is yet another important article.

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