Grainger WW Inc (NYSE:GWW) Institutional Investor Positioning

GWW's profit will be $149.44M for 17.11 P/E if the $2.59 EPS becomes a reality. After $0.69 actual earnings per share reported by Best Buy Co Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 14.49% EPS growth. They expect $2.59 earnings per share, down 15.36% or $0.47 from last year's $3.06 per share. It has underperformed by 37.85% the S&P500.

Several brokerages have issued reports on GWW. RBC Capital Markets maintained the shares of GWW in report on Friday, November 13 with "Underperform" rating. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and ten have given a hold rating to the company. The firm earned "Hold" rating on Friday, June 30 by Canaccord Genuity. Barclays Capital maintained the stock with "Equalweight" rating in Monday, July 18 report. The stock of Exfo Inc (NASDAQ:EXFO) earned "Sector Perform" rating by IBC on Thursday, January 7. Sterne Agee CRT initiated W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) on Tuesday, March 22 with "Buy" rating. The rating was initiated by Macquarie Research with "Outperform" on Friday, August 26.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (Grainger), launched on December 27, 1928, is a distributor of maintenance, fix and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. The firm has a market cap of $10.25 billion, a P/E ratio of 20.47 and a beta of 0.76. The Company offers its products and services to businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada, with presence also in Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Company operates through two segments, which include the United States and Canada.

Among 16 analysts covering W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 1 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 12 Hold. W W Grainger Inc has a 1-year low of $179.68 and a 1-year high of $262.71. $187.83's average target is 5.94% above currents $177.3 stock price.

Ratings analysis reveals 6% of W.W. Grainger's analysts are positive.

05/23/2017 - W.W. Grainger, Inc. had its "neutral" rating reiterated by analysts at UBS. The stock of W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) earned "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Monday, October 19. As per Wednesday, October 19, the company rating was maintained by Credit Suisse. The stock of W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) has "Buy" rating given on Thursday, October 1 by Stifel Nicolaus. Howe & Rusling Incorporated reported 0.03% in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW).

01/26/2017 - W.W. Grainger, Inc. had its "equal-weight" rating reiterated by analysts at Barclays. BMO Capital Markets' price objective would suggest a potential downside of 1.15% from the stock's current price. On Monday, October 2 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with "Underweight".

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.8 in Q2 2017. It dropped, as 96 investors sold GWW shares while 180 reduced holdings.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in GWW. Pennsylvania-based Janney Montgomery Scott Ltd Co has invested 0.02% in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW). Salem Investment Counselors Inc. raised its stake in W.W. Grainger by 1.0% in the 2nd quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management Ltd Liability owns 0.01% invested in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) for 123 shares. Logan Cap Mngmt Inc owns 2,350 shares for 0.03% of their portfolio. The prevailing figure will allow the investment community to determine the size of W.W. Grainger, contrast to the sales or total assets figures.

As of quarter end Hefty Wealth Partners had bought a total of 2,687 shares growing its position 1,221.4%. Ifc Fl holds 0.05% or 3,892 shares. Texas Permanent School Fund has invested 0.04% in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW). Grainger W W Inc (Put) now has $10.47B valuation. Convergence Inv Partners Ltd Liability Com owns 26,713 shares for 0.22% of their portfolio. Gargoyle Invest Advisor Limited Liability owns 10,073 shares or 0.72% of their United States portfolio. They now have a $178.00 price target on the industrial products company's stock.

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