Press coverage about W W Grainger (NYSE:GWW) has trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. W W Grainger earned a news impact score of 0.22 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned press coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.3220119856834 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Shares of W W Grainger (GWW) opened at $276.65 on Wednesday. W W Grainger has a 1 year low of $155.00 and a 1 year high of $298.14. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.23, a quick ratio of 1.18 and a current ratio of 2.13. The stock has a market capitalization of $15,694.93, a PE ratio of 27.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.09 and a beta of 0.87.

W W Grainger (NYSE:GWW) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 24th. The industrial products company reported $2.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.18 by $0.76. The firm had revenue of $2.63 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.57 billion. W W Grainger had a return on equity of 35.76% and a net margin of 5.62%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $2.45 earnings per share. equities research analysts forecast that W W Grainger will post 13.81 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, February 12th were paid a dividend of $1.28 per share. This represents a $5.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.85%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 9th. W W Grainger’s dividend payout ratio is presently 51.10%.

A number of analysts have weighed in on GWW shares. Credit Suisse Group increased their price objective on W W Grainger from $190.00 to $240.00 and gave the stock an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 25th. Robert W. Baird raised W W Grainger from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Wells Fargo & Co raised their price target on W W Grainger from $220.00 to $260.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Thursday, January 25th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $278.00 price objective on shares of W W Grainger in a report on Friday, January 26th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised W W Grainger from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $319.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 30th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $234.38.

In related news, VP Eric R. Tapia sold 100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $266.06, for a total value of $26,606.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 3,563 shares in the company, valued at $947,971.78. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Lucas E. Watson purchased 195 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, February 5th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $256.51 per share, for a total transaction of $50,019.45. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders own 9.60% of the company’s stock.

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W W Grainger Company Profile

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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