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 0.6%. By the end of trading, W W Grainger rose $6.18 (2.5%) to $254.40 on average volume. Throughout the day, 738,295 shares of W W Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 516,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $246.12-$254.82 after having opened the day at $248.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $248.22. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 5.4%, Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), up 4.4%, Rockwell Automation ( ROK), up 3.1% and Prestige Brands Holdings ( PBH), up 3.0%.

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 $17.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% 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, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), down 3.5%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 2.4%, Susser Petroleum Partners ( SUSP), down 2.3% and Spartan Stores ( SPTN), down 2.1%.

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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