W.W. Grainger Inc

(

GWW

) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, W.W. Grainger Inc rose 88 cents (0.5%) to $170.31 on light volume. Throughout the day, 164,251 shares of W.W. Grainger Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 660,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $168.77-$172.10 after having opened the day at $169.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $169.43. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were:

China Armco Metals Inc

(

CNAM

), up 21.5%,

Crystal Rock Holdings Inc

(

CRVP

), up 8.4%, and

Amcon Distributing Company

(

DIT

), up 1.6%.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. and its subsidiaries distribute facilities maintenance and other related products and services in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, India, Puerto Rico, China, Colombia, and Panama. W.W. Grainger Inc has a market cap of $12.14 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, below the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 19.6 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front,

SinoHub Inc

(

SIHI

), down 9.6%,

China Auto Logistics Inc

(

CALI

), down 8.7%,

Shengkai Innovations Inc

(

VALV

), down 6.7%, and

Rada Electronics Industries Inc

(

RADA

), down 5.2%, were all losers within the wholesale industry with

Medco Health Solutions Inc

(

MHS

) being today's wholesale industry loser.

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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