$2.18 EPS Expected for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW)

January 23, 2018 - By Linda Rogers

 $2.18 EPS Expected for W.W. Grainger, Inc. (GWW)
Investors sentiment increased to 0.98 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.18, from 0.8 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 62 investors sold W.W. Grainger, Inc. shares while 157 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 153 raised stakes. 47.96 million shares or 3.15% more from 46.50 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported.
Credit Agricole S A, France-based fund reported 140,838 shares. 6,253 were reported by Amalgamated Bankshares. Moreover, Kistler has 0.04% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) for 468 shares. Estabrook Capital reported 0.03% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Acadian Asset Management Limited Com reported 12,300 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Dekabank Deutsche Girozentrale has 0.01% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) for 6,255 shares. Ally stated it has 5,000 shares. Toronto Dominion Fincl Bank reported 20,041 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Employees Retirement Systems Of Texas holds 0.01% or 3,300 shares. Tarbox Family Office accumulated 8 shares or 0% of the stock. Euclidean Technologies Mngmt Lc, New York-based fund reported 10,398 shares. Brown Brothers Harriman And holds 0.01% or 14,181 shares. 98,618 are held by Harris Assoc L P. 1,482 are owned by Monarch Cap Mgmt Inc. Orca Investment Mgmt Limited Liability Corporation owns 15,226 shares for 2.43% of their portfolio.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 selling transactions for $2.24 million activity. Shares for $70,000 were sold by Robbins Paige K on Thursday, October 26. 190 shares valued at $39,569 were sold by Tapia Eric R on Friday, October 20.

Analysts expect W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) to report $2.18 EPS on January, 24.They anticipate $0.27 EPS change or 11.02 % from last quarter’s $2.45 EPS. GWW’s profit would be $124.22M giving it 26.36 P/E if the $2.18 EPS is correct. After having $2.90 EPS previously, W.W. Grainger, Inc.’s analysts see -24.83 % EPS growth. The stock decreased 0.08% or $0.19 during the last trading session, reaching $229.86. About 970,346 shares traded or 5.37% up from the average. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has declined 21.15% since January 23, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 37.85% the S&P500.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) Ratings Coverage

Among 18 analysts covering W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 2 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 11% are positive. W.W. Grainger has $300 highest and $145.0 lowest target. $206.85’s average target is -10.01% below currents $229.86 stock price. W.W. Grainger had 92 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, July 20. As per Monday, August 21, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of GWW in report on Friday, May 26 with “Hold” rating. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Tuesday, August 25 by Deutsche Bank. As per Tuesday, July 11, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The stock of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) earned “Hold” rating by BMO Capital Markets on Monday, January 8. BMO Capital Markets initiated the shares of GWW in report on Tuesday, April 5 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was downgraded by Morgan Stanley to “Underweight” on Monday, January 11. Credit Suisse initiated the stock with “Outperform” rating in Tuesday, September 15 report. The stock of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has “Neutral” rating given on Wednesday, January 27 by UBS.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating supplies; and other related services and products that are used by businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company has market cap of $13.10 billion. It operates through two divisions, U.S. and Canada. It has a 27.43 P/E ratio. The firm offers material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components, and various other products.

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