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 up 0.8%. By the end of trading, W.W. Grainger rose $6.03 (2.5%) to $245.67 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 712,688 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 466,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $241.00-$245.96 after having opened the day at $243.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $239.64. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Ingram Micro ( IM), up 9.7%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 7.4%, Tech Data Corporation ( TECD), up 4.6% and Spartan Stores ( SPTN), up 3.9%.

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 $16.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and increase in stock price during the past year. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 4.9%, Wayside Technology Group ( WSTG), down 4.4% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 4.3%.

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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