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A look at a High Market Cap Stock: W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW

W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW is in the exchange NYSE and its industry is Industrial Equipment Wholesale in the sector of Services. Based in USA, W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW  has a market cap of 13173.98. Since its IPO date on the 12/17/1984, W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW performance year to date is 9.46%. Today W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW has gained 0.70%, with a current price of 218.04.

Ownership of the company is 1.80% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 85.70%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 42.70%. Return of assets are at 11.70%, with return on investment at 19.60%.

In terms of debt levels and profit levels, W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW is seeing a long-term debt/equity of 0.83. While Total debt/equity is 1.06. With a profit margin of 6.80%, this is combined with a gross margin of 41.20%, and operating margin of 12.10%. W.W. Grainger, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 1.9, while the quick ratio is 1.1.

For the last year W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW has seen a EPS growth of 1.10%. A performance for the year of 5.30%. The 52-week high is -8.13%, and the 52-week low is 25.39%. The average volume for W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW is 332600.

With a target price of 221.64, can W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW reach this target? Looking at the value indicators of W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW. W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a P/E of 19.84 and a forward P/E of 17.48. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.2. W.W. Grainger, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.31 and 6.22 respectively. For P/cash, W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a value of 41.69, while it is 38.96 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 218.04, W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.24%. We see a return on equity of 30.60%.

Looking more long-term W.W. Grainger, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 6.20%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 8.08% in the next year is forecasted. This is after a EPS growth of 1.10% for this year and for the last five years a 10.80% growth has been seen.

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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