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 down 1.3%. By the end of trading, W.W. Grainger fell $2.66 (-1.0%) to $254.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 310,311 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 373,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $253.40-$258.63 after having opened the day at $256.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $256.71. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Huttig Building Products ( HBP), down 8.7%, Huttig Building Products ( HBPI), down 8.7%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 7.0% and Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 5.1%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 positive front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 8.9%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 3.2%, Global Partners ( GLP), up 2.9% and Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 2.6%.

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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