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Is W.W. Grainger, Inc.(NYSE: GWW), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE: GWW) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 12/17/1984. W.W. Grainger, Inc. is in the Industrial Equipment Wholesale industry and Services sector. Average volume for W.W. Grainger, Inc., is 567.15, and so far today it has a volume of 503482. Performance year to date since the 12/17/1984 is 8.72%.

To help you determine whether W.W. Grainger, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 18.79 and forward P/E is 16.95. PEG perhaps more useful shows that W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a value for PEG of 3.82. P/S ratio is 1.33 and the P/B ratio is 5.92. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 47.77 and *TBA respectively.

At the current price W.W. Grainger, Inc. is trading at, 218.24 (0.21% today), W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.24%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of *TBA. Earnings per share (EPS) is 11.59, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 7.58% after growing 1.10% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -3.00%, and 2.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 61.4, and the number of shares float is 56.15. The senior management bring insider ownership to 1.80%, and institutional ownership is at 85.40%. The float short is 16.16%, with the short ratio at a value of 16. Management has seen a return on assets of *TBA, and also a return on investment of 19.60%.

The ability for W.W. Grainger, Inc., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 1.7, and quick ratio is 0.9. Long term debt/equity is 0.61 and total debt/equity is 0.92. In terms of margins, W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a gross margin of 41.70%, with its operating margin at *TBA, and W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a profit margin of *TBA.

The 52 week high is -8.56%, with 24.80% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -3.29% and the 200 day simple moving average is 2.12%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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