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 0.3%. By the end of trading, W.W. Grainger fell $3.16 (-1.2%) to $249.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 416,720 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 519,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $247.89-$253.45 after having opened the day at $253.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $253.12. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 9.6%, Susser Petroleum Partners ( SUSP), down 4.0%, DXP ( DXPE), down 2.8% and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 2.8%.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. operates as a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies; and other related products and services that are used by businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada. W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 positive front, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 10.8%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 6.5%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 6.3% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 4.2%.

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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