WW Grainger (NYSE:GWW) Given Sell Rating at Royal Bank of Canada

Lloyd Doyle
January 21, 2018

Acropolis Investment Management Llc decreased its stake in Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) by 30.33% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. About 214.95M shares traded or 136.20% up from the average. Profund Advisors LLC now owns 1,394 shares of the industrial products company's stock valued at $252,000 after buying an additional 17 shares during the last quarter. M Kraus & Company who had been investing in Cvs Health Corp. for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $80.39 billion market cap company. Stewart & Patten Ltd Liability Corp holds 7,065 shares. CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) has declined 24.40% since January 19, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 41.10% the S&P500.

Acropolis Investment Management LLC lowered its stake in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) by 84.2% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. Scopus Asset Management Lp acquired 270,000 shares as Grainger W W Inc (Call) (GWW)'s stock declined 31.42%. Enterprise Svcs owns 0.08% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc.

The stock decreased 2.04% or $0.65 during the last trading session, reaching $31.22. (NYSE:GWW) for 5,494 shares.

Among 18 analysts covering W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 2 have Buy rating, 5 Sell and 11 Hold. It has underperformed by 37.85% the S&P500. (NYSE:GWW)'s Buy count is 0 and Strong Buy is 2 while the number of analysts recommending Sell and Strong Sell are 0 and 14, respectively. Guyana Goldfields Inc. had 24 analyst reports since September 1, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel.

Taking a look at insider trading at W.W. Grainger, Inc. KeyBanc Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Wednesday, October 11 report. Credit Suisse maintained the stock with "Underperform" rating in Thursday, May 19 report. The firm earned "Underperform" rating on Friday, November 13 by RBC Capital Markets. The stock has "Sell" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, April 12. (NYSE:GWW) has "Buy" rating given on Monday, October 19 by Stifel Nicolaus. Morgan Stanley maintained it with "Underweight" rating and $178 target in Monday, October 2 report. BMO Capital Markets maintained the shares of GWW in report on Monday, August 21 with "Hold" rating. (NYSE:GWW). Retirement Of Alabama stated it has 25,471 shares. (NYSE:GWW). Tompkins Financial Corporation holds 0.05% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. Its up 0.18, from 0.8 in 2017Q2. Of those transactions, there were 14,887 shares of GWW bought and 98,892 shares sold.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. The insider now holds 8,400 shares of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Segall Bryant And Hamill Limited has 40,704 shares for 0.17% of their portfolio. Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania Pub School Empls Retrmt System stated it has 0.01% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Telemus Ltd Com holds 0.15% or 5,371 shares. Nbt Retail Bank N A Ny reported 8,195 shares.

Examining Institutional Ownership at W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has "Sell" rating given on Wednesday, January 3 by RBC Capital Markets. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its stake in shares of W W Grainger by 1,082.1% in the 2nd quarter. Mitsubishi Ufj And Banking has 113,626 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio. Lowe Brockenbrough reported 3,907 shares. Guggenheim Cap Limited Liability accumulated 2.46M shares.

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The stock of W.W. Grainger Incorporated (NYSE:GWW) registered a decrease of 1.22% in short interest. (NYSE:GWW). Hsbc Public Limited Com invested in 0.02% or 65,216 shares. Bnp Paribas Asset Mngmt Sa owns 47,001 shares for 0.07% of their portfolio.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 0 buys, and 3 sales for $2.24 million activity. First Advsr LP has invested 0.11% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. Brown Laura D had sold 9,158 shares worth $2.13M on Thursday, January 11. During the same period last year, the company posted $3.06 earnings per share. analysts predict that W W Grainger Inc will post 10.71 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several other research firms have also issued reports on GWW. The industrial products company reported $2.90 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $2.56 by $0.34. The company has a market capitalization of $12,970.00, a P/E ratio of 26.99, a PEG ratio of 2.10 and a beta of 0.82. It is down 0.00% since January 18, 2017 and is. Cwm Ltd invested in 152 shares. 88 funds opened positions while 466 raised stakes. 801.45 million shares or 0.31% less from 803.96 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Westwood Group Inc holds 1.53 million shares. Wellington Management Gru Llp has invested 0.92% in Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ). Rand Wealth Lc has 4,600 shares. Brighton Jones Ltd Liability holds 0.38% or 121,698 shares. Palisade Cap Management Ltd Llc Nj reported 91,253 shares. State Of Tennessee Treasury Department invested in 3.73 million shares or 0.46% of the stock. It also upped Mondelez International Inc Cl A (NASDAQ:MDLZ) stake by 67,886 shares and now owns 1.37M shares. With 141,300 avg volume, 2 days are for Exterran Corporation (NYSE:EXTN)'s short sellers to cover EXTN's short positions. Bragg Advsrs accumulated 0.15% or 5,498 shares. Goldman Sachs Grp invested in 371,679 shares or 0.02% of the stock.

Analysts await CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) to report earnings on February, 8. They expect $1.90 EPS, up 11.11% or $0.19 from last year's $1.71 per share. After $1.50 actual EPS reported by CVS Health Corporation for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 26.67% EPS growth.

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