W.W. Grainger Inc. (GWW): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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W.W. Grainger ( GWW) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, W.W. Grainger fell $3.87 (-1.5%) to $257.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 345,493 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 300,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $257.48-$262.50 after having opened the day at $262.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $261.60. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Nash-Finch Company ( NAFC), down 6.8%, Spartan Stores ( SPTN), down 6.6%, Empire Resources Incorporated ( ERS), down 5.6% and Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), down 4.3%.

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 $18.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, United Stationers ( USTR), up 7.7%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 7.3%, SED International Holdings ( SED), up 4.8% and Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 3.7%.

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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