W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) VP Paige K. Robbins Sells 2,330 Shares

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWWGet Rating) VP Paige K. Robbins sold 2,330 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $500.03, for a total transaction of $1,165,069.90. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 11,996 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,998,359.88. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink.

W.W. Grainger Stock Up 8.3 %

GWW stock opened at $543.53 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $27.78 billion, a P/E ratio of 22.38, a P/E/G ratio of 1.41 and a beta of 1.18. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average of $471.83 and a 200-day simple moving average of $485.35. The company has a quick ratio of 1.44, a current ratio of 2.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.99. W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a 52 week low of $391.16 and a 52 week high of $544.82.

W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWWGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Friday, July 29th. The industrial products company reported $7.19 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $6.66 by $0.53. The business had revenue of $3.84 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.69 billion. W.W. Grainger had a net margin of 8.58% and a return on equity of 53.07%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 19.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $4.27 earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that W.W. Grainger, Inc. will post 26.29 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

W.W. Grainger Dividend Announcement

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, September 1st. Investors of record on Monday, August 8th will be given a dividend of $1.72 per share. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 5th. This represents a $6.88 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.27%. W.W. Grainger’s payout ratio is presently 30.67%.

Analyst Ratings Changes

Several research analysts recently issued reports on the stock. Wolfe Research raised shares of W.W. Grainger from a “peer perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 6th. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on shares of W.W. Grainger from $449.00 to $421.00 and set an “underweight” rating for the company in a report on Friday, July 15th. StockNews.com cut shares of W.W. Grainger from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 16th. Finally, Stephens lifted their price objective on shares of W.W. Grainger from $510.00 to $565.00 in a report on Monday, May 2nd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, W.W. Grainger presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $507.88.

Hedge Funds Weigh In On W.W. Grainger

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of GWW. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in W.W. Grainger by 3.7% in the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,915,066 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $2,019,353,000 after purchasing an additional 140,892 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its holdings in W.W. Grainger by 3.4% in the 4th quarter. State Street Corp now owns 2,312,747 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $1,198,558,000 after purchasing an additional 76,183 shares during the last quarter. Bank of America Corp DE boosted its holdings in W.W. Grainger by 4.6% in the 4th quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 897,222 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $464,975,000 after purchasing an additional 39,679 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in W.W. Grainger by 7.3% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 859,371 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $444,380,000 after purchasing an additional 58,449 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Nuveen Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in W.W. Grainger by 12.1% in the 4th quarter. Nuveen Asset Management LLC now owns 633,138 shares of the industrial products company’s stock valued at $328,118,000 after purchasing an additional 68,577 shares during the last quarter. 79.47% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About W.W. Grainger

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W.W. Grainger, Inc distributes maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products and services in the United States, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, and internationally. The company operates through two segments, High-Touch Solutions N.A. and Endless Assortment. It offers safety and security supplies, material handling and storage equipment, pumps and plumbing equipment, cleaning and maintenance supplies, and metalworking and hand tools.

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