W.W. Grainger

(

GWW

) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, W.W. Grainger fell $2.16 (-1.2%) to $182.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 722,289 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 711,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $180.11-$184.05 after having opened the day at $182.62 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $184.61. Other company's within the Wholesale industry that declined today were:

InfoSonics Corporation

(

IFON

), down 7.6%,

Educational Development Corporation

(

EDUC

), down 6.7%,

LKQ Corporation

(

LKQX

), down 5.8%, and

Rada Electronics Industries

(

RADA

), down 5.6%.

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W.W. Grainger, Inc. engages in the distribution of maintenance, repair, and operating supplies, as well as other related products and services for businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $12.87 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.W. Grainger as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

Brightpoint

(

CELL

), up 6.1%,

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), up 6.1%,

China Auto Logistics

(

CALI

), up 4.9%, and

TMS International

(

TMS

), up 4.4%, were all gainers within the wholesale industry with

Omnicare

(

OCR

) being today's featured wholesale industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the wholesale industry could consider

iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods

(

IYK

) while those bearish on the wholesale industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods

(

SZK

).

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