W.W. Grainger Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (GWW)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- W.W. Grainger (NYSE: GWW) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A+. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GWW's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • GWW's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, GWW has a quick ratio of 1.53, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, this stock has enjoyed a nice rise of 29.35% which was in line with the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GWW should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • GRAINGER (W W) INC has improved earnings per share by 14.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, GRAINGER (W W) INC increased its bottom line by earning $9.52 versus $9.07 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($11.97 versus $9.52).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Trading Companies & Distributors industry average. The net income increased by 13.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $187.52 million to $211.84 million.

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 $17.9 billion and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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