W.W. Grainger (GWW) Receives News Impact Rating of 0.20

News articles about W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW) have trended somewhat positive this week, Accern reports. The research firm identifies negative and positive press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. W.W. Grainger earned a news sentiment score of 0.20 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the industrial products company an impact score of 46.0208052593554 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

GWW has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. BidaskClub raised W.W. Grainger from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $180.00 price target (down previously from $204.00) on shares of W.W. Grainger in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “hold” rating and set a $198.00 target price on shares of W.W. Grainger in a report on Thursday, May 25th. Credit Suisse Group raised W.W. Grainger to a “hold” rating and set a $175.00 target price on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 19th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised W.W. Grainger from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, July 21st. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and eleven have issued a hold rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $179.42.

W.W. Grainger (GWW) traded up 1.03% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $166.29. The company had a trading volume of 521,400 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $9.59 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.17 and a beta of 0.74. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $164.26 and a 200 day moving average of $191.48. W.W. Grainger has a 12-month low of $155.00 and a 12-month high of $262.71.

W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 19th. The industrial products company reported $2.74 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.65 by $0.09. W.W. Grainger had a return on equity of 34.03% and a net margin of 5.08%. The business had revenue of $2.62 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.63 billion. During the same period last year, the business posted $2.89 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that W.W. Grainger will post $10.37 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 14th were given a $1.28 dividend. This represents a $5.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.08%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 10th. W.W. Grainger’s dividend payout ratio is currently 59.12%.

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W.W. Grainger Company Profile

W.W. Grainger, Inc (Grainger) is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services. The Company offers its products and services to businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada, with presence also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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