W W Grainger (NYSE:GWW) Given Daily News Sentiment Score of 0.17

News headlines about W W Grainger (NYSE:GWW) have been trending somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. W W Grainger earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.9514472159321 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s scoring:

W W Grainger (NYSE:GWW) traded down $3.83 during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $231.81. 920,960 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 782,372. The company has a quick ratio of 1.28, a current ratio of 2.28 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19. The stock has a market cap of $13,210.00, a P/E ratio of 27.50, a PEG ratio of 2.20 and a beta of 0.82. W W Grainger has a 52 week low of $155.00 and a 52 week high of $262.71.

W W Grainger (NYSE:GWW) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, October 17th. The industrial products company reported $2.90 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.56 by $0.34. The business had revenue of $2.64 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.65 billion. W W Grainger had a net margin of 4.83% and a return on equity of 34.25%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $3.06 EPS. analysts predict that W W Grainger will post 10.71 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of W W Grainger from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Credit Suisse Group restated an “underperform” rating and set a $190.00 target price (up previously from $172.00) on shares of W W Grainger in a research report on Tuesday, January 9th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “sell” rating and set a $192.00 target price on shares of W W Grainger in a research report on Thursday, January 4th. TheStreet upgraded shares of W W Grainger from a “c+” rating to a “b-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 13th. Finally, KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of W W Grainger in a research report on Monday, November 13th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $195.77.

In related news, VP Laura D. Brown sold 9,158 shares of W W Grainger stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $232.86, for a total value of $2,132,531.88. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 16,893 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,933,703.98. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP John L. Howard sold 21,000 shares of W W Grainger stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $220.56, for a total transaction of $4,631,760.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 30,694 shares of company stock worth $6,873,861 in the last three months. Insiders own 9.60% of the company’s stock.

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About W W Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc (Grainger) is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. 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.

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