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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 532.98, and so far today it has a volume of 7075. Performance year to date since the 12/17/1984 is 15.97%.

To help you determine whether W.W. Grainger, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 21.02 and forward P/E is 18.56. PEG perhaps more useful shows that W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a value for PEG of 3.39. P/S ratio is 1.39 and the P/B ratio is 6.59. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 44.25 and 41.36 respectively.

At the current price W.W. Grainger, Inc. is trading at, 230.72 (-0.12% today), W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.11%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 42.70%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 10.99, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 8.05% after growing 1.10% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -71.30%, and -65.70% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 60.53, and the number of shares float is 55.26. The senior management bring insider ownership to 1.80%, and institutional ownership is at 85.60%. The float short is 16.19%, with the short ratio at a value of 16.79. Management has seen a return on assets of 11.70%, 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 1.9, and quick ratio is 1.1. Long term debt/equity is 0.83 and total debt/equity is 1.06. In terms of margins, W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a gross margin of 41.20%, with its operating margin at 12.10%, and W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a profit margin of 6.80%.

The 52 week high is -2.79%, with 32.69% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 3.87% and the 200 day simple moving average is 8.04%.

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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