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

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W.W. Grainger ( GWW) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, W.W. Grainger rose $2.67 (1.1%) to $254.03 on average volume. Throughout the day, 236,802 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 268,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $250.11-$254.18 after having opened the day at $251.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $251.36. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 5.6%, Wesco Aircraft Holdings ( WAIR), up 4.3%, Omnicare ( OCR), up 2.7% and Chindex International ( CHDX), up 1.8%.

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 $17.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 8 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, SED International Holdings ( SED), down 14.6%, Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 6.8%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), down 6.6% and Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Wesco International ( WCC) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

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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