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 $2.92 (-1.2%) to $238.93 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 818,860 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 385,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $236.90-$243.36 after having opened the day at $241.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $241.85. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Forward Industries ( FORD), down 6.3%, Speed Commerce ( SPDC), down 5.2%, Lawson Products ( LAWS), down 3.7% and Tessco Technologies ( TESS), down 3.6%.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes 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 $17.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. 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, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 41.8%, Watsco ( WSO.B), up 24.5%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 5.9% and Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), up 2.5%.

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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