3. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is up $1.67 (0.74) to $227.90 on heavy volume Thus far, 306,569 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 396,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $222.02-$227.90 after having opened the day at $224.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $226.23.

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 $15.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.W. Grainger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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