As Grainger W W INC (GWW) Market Value Were Volatile, Shareholder Gabalex Capital Management LLC Decreased Holding

May 19, 2017 - By Dolores Ford

Gabalex Capital Management Llc decreased its stake in Grainger W W Inc (GWW) by 16.67% based on its latest 2016Q4 regulatory filing with the SEC. Gabalex Capital Management Llc sold 20,000 shares as the company’s stock 0.00% . The hedge fund held 100,000 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2016Q4, valued at $23.23M, down from 120,000 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Gabalex Capital Management Llc who had been investing in Grainger W W Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $10.14B market cap company. The stock rose 1.04% or $1.81 reaching $175.11. About 608,400 shares traded. W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) has risen 6.00% since April 19, 2017 and is uptrending. It has by 0.00% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.96 in 2016 Q4. Its down 0.03, from 0.99 in 2016Q3. It worsened, as 44 investors sold GWW shares while 197 reduced holdings. 72 funds opened positions while 159 raised stakes. 46.08 million shares or 3.44% less from 47.72 million shares in 2016Q3 were reported. 45,428 were reported by Confluence Mgmt. 84 are held by Manchester. Segall Bryant And Hamill Llc holds 0.29% of its portfolio in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) for 50,338 shares. Fiduciary Tru Communication has 0.08% invested in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) for 11,190 shares. Bb&T Limited Com holds 0.12% or 37,976 shares in its portfolio. Invesco Ltd holds 0.06% or 791,248 shares. Washington Trust National Bank stated it has 5 shares. Capstone Asset Company reported 13,746 shares or 0.09% of all its holdings. The Japan-based Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Hldg has invested 0.06% in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW). Legal And General Grp Public Limited Com holds 0.05% of its portfolio in W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) for 251,074 shares. Farmers Merchants Invests holds 0.22% or 10,298 shares. Fairfield Bush And accumulated 0.16% or 2,140 shares. Aviva Public Limited Com owns 34,254 shares. Geode Cap Management Lc has 526,322 shares for 0.06% of their portfolio. Wagner Bowman reported 2,160 shares stake.

Since November 30, 2016, it had 0 buys, and 7 sales for $26.70 million activity. 2,369 shares valued at $598,086 were sold by RYAN JAMES T on Wednesday, February 15. Brown Laura D had sold 695 shares worth $173,104. $233,835 worth of W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) was sold by HOWARD JOHN L on Wednesday, February 15. $174,279 worth of W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) shares were sold by HIGH JOSEPH C. $7.77 million worth of W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) was sold by JADIN RONALD L on Thursday, March 2.

Analysts await W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) to report earnings on July, 19 before the open. They expect $2.69 earnings per share, down 6.92 % or $0.20 from last year’s $2.89 per share. GWW’s profit will be $155.72 million for 16.28 P/E if the $2.69 EPS becomes a reality. After $2.88 actual earnings per share reported by W W Grainger Inc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -6.60 % negative EPS growth.

More notable recent W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “W.W. Grainger: Amazon’s Next Victim?” on May 17, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: “WW Grainger And The Amazon Effect” published on May 14, 2017, Seekingalpha.com published: “Dividend Stock Analysis – WW Grainger, Inc.” on April 23, 2017. More interesting news about W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) were released by: Seekingalpha.com and their article: “WW Grainger: Buy The 20% Decline?” published on April 21, 2017 as well as Nasdaq.com‘s news article titled: “WW Grainger, Inc. (GWW) Ex-Dividend Date Scheduled for May 04, 2017” with publication date: May 03, 2017.

W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) Ratings Coverage

Among 12 analysts covering W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 2 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 17% are positive. W.W. Grainger had 52 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Underperform” rating on Thursday, July 30 by RBC Capital Markets. BMO Capital Markets initiated it with “Outperform” rating and $300 target in Tuesday, April 5 report. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of GWW in report on Thursday, October 1 with “Buy” rating. RBC Capital Markets maintained W W Grainger Inc (NYSE:GWW) on Monday, November 14 with “Underperform” rating. Credit Suisse initiated it with “Outperform” rating and $292 target in Tuesday, September 15 report. The rating was maintained by Barclays Capital on Monday, November 16 with “Equal Weight”. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets on Wednesday, July 20 with “Underperform”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Monday, August 31 by William Blair. On Tuesday, March 22 the stock rating was initiated by Sterne Agee CRT with “Buy”. The company was downgraded on Monday, August 24 by Robert W. Baird.

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