W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW): Check on its recent ratings

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W.W. Grainger Inc. (NYSE:GWW) changes shares on Tuesday trading session, with a change of -1.01% or -$3.44 shares. The trading starts at $341.04 and closed at $341.96 throughout the day. The trading session low price was $337.695 and day high was $342.92 on Tuesday, August 04. After the session, the Industrials sector daily volume shifted to 0.26 million while its average volume is 352.60K. In other hand, the GWW market cap reached to $18.04B. While, its current target price is $341.54.

On April 2, 2018, BRIEF-Grainger Names Thomas Okray CFO. According to the news reported on Reuters, * MOST RECENTLY, OKRAY SERVED AS EVP AND CFO FOR ADVANCE AUTO PARTS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

Checking out the performance report which defines the increase or decrease of prices for a specific period. For the last 5 trading sessions, its performance is up 1.46% and up 5.07% for month. Its quarterly performance was 21.24% above, while its half year performance is up 9.86%. GWW yearly performance stood at positive 25.92% and fall 0.00% for year-to-date. Current recommendation for W.W. Grainger Inc. is 2.60.

Earnings per share or EPS is an important financial measure, which defines the profitability of a company. GWW EPS (TTM) for 12-month is 11.54. EPS for this year is 12.10%, while for the next year its value is 17.95. Sales growth for the current quarter is 5.99 while its EPS Q/Q reached -54.80%. It has an EPS of 6.30% up for past five years and for the next five years will be up 4.90%.

Let’s take a look on the analyst recommendations on GWW for the current month and previous month. For the current month, 4 of 18 analysts recommend stock as Buy while 1 as Sell, 1 as overweight, 2 as underweight and 10 as Hold. As compared with the previous month ratings, 19 analysts participate in stock recommendation. Out of 19, 1 rated it sell, 5 rated it as Buy and 10 as Hold Ratings. On the other hand, target price ranges from $256.00 – $398.00. Average target price for GWW was reached at $349.85.

Vanguard Group, Inc. (The), Longview Partners (Guernsey) LTD and Blackrock Inc. are the top three holders in W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW) stock. On Mar 30, 2020, Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) has 5.94 million shares which valued 1.48 billion. On Mar 30, 2020, Longview Partners (Guernsey) LTD owned 4.08 million shares which valued at 1.01 billion. On Mar 30, 2020, Blackrock Inc. has a total of 3.25 million shares which valued at 807.08 million. In the end, Blackrock Inc. have 6.06% shares outstanding of W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW) on Mar 30, 2020. The insider ownership moved to 1.80% and institutional holding shifted to 73.10%.

The company posted an EPS (TTM) of 11.54. According to the most recent quarter report on (Sep 2020), 15 analysts estimated an average EPS of 4.19, while 4.26 EPS posted a year ago period. Analyst Estimated EPS for GWW published in the report was $3.73 – $4.49 during the same period. Comparing with last year, the average estimated EPS was 4.26 which is higher than 3.75 which was posted for recent quarter EPS.

A brief look on simple moving average (SMA) that determines the market price can impact a market. The SMA for GWW rise 11.19% for period of 200 days. SMA for 50 days was 6.46% which is showing green signal, while SMA-20 was 2.30%. The moving average value for W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW) is 294.51 and 321.12 for 200 and 50 days respectively.

Let’s take a look on the insider transactions, in which multiple shareholders are showing interest in GWW stock. On Aug 03, HOWARD JOHN L, Sr. VP and General Counsel, sold 2,679 trading shares at the cost of $342.98, which valued at 0.92 million. On May 28, Robbins Paige K, Sr. VP, sold 3,840 shares at the cost of $312.66, with total shares of 11,193. On Feb 19, Merriwether Deidra C, Sr. VP (See Remarks), sold 588 shares at the cost of 307.03. After this transaction, Merriwether Deidra C total shares reached to 5,092 which valued at 0.18 million.