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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 13483.67. Since its IPO date on the 12/17/1984, W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW performance year to date is 14.29%. Today W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW has gained 3.26%, with a current price of 233.73.

Ownership of the company is 1.50% for insider ownership while institutional ownership is 83.60%. The management of the company have seen the company have a payout ratio of 42.70%. Return of assets are at 11.60%, 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 0.92. While Total debt/equity is 1.12. With a profit margin of 6.70%, this is combined with a gross margin of 40.70%, and operating margin of 11.80%. W.W. Grainger, Inc. ability to meet debt levels, with a current ratio of 2, 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 15.46%. The 52-week high is -0.95%, and the 52-week low is 35.20%. The average volume for W.W. Grainger, Inc., GWW is 139639.

With a target price of 214.58, 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 20.35 and a forward P/E of 19.02. Perhaps the more useful indicator than P/E, is PEG which has a value of 3.59. W.W. Grainger, Inc. also has a P/S and a P/B of 1.33 and 6.65 respectively. For P/cash, W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a value of 47.15, while it is 45.96 for P/free cash flow.

At the current price of 233.73, W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.16%. We see a return on equity of 31.40%.

Looking more long-term W.W. Grainger, Inc., is projected to get an EPS growth for the next five years of 5.68%. In the short-term an EPS growth of 3.36% 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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