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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 527.33, and so far today it has a volume of 508600. Performance year to date since the 12/17/1984 is 15.20%.

To help you determine whether W.W. Grainger, Inc. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 20.88 and forward P/E is 18.43. PEG perhaps more useful shows that W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a value for PEG of 3.37. P/S ratio is 1.37 and the P/B ratio is 6.55. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 43.58 and 40.73 respectively.

At the current price W.W. Grainger, Inc. is trading at, 229.48 (0.80% today), W.W. Grainger, Inc. has a dividend yield of 2.13%, 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 7.93% after growing 1.10% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is -56.80%, and -48.30% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 60.01, 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 15.74%, with the short ratio at a value of 16.49. 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 -3.31%, with 31.97% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is 1.97% and the 200 day simple moving average is 6.36%.

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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