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How to buy W-WGrainger stock | $464.65

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W.W. Grainger, Inc is an industrial distribution business based in the US. W-WGrainger shares (GWW) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. W-WGrainger employs 21,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

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W-WGrainger stock price (NYSE: GWW)

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W-WGrainger shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-07-30.
Latest market close$464.65
52-week range$331.52 - $479.87
50-day moving average $451.40
200-day moving average $420.78
Wall St. target price$455.00
PE ratio 27.804
Dividend yield $6.03 (1.33%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $14.25

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W-WGrainger price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $464.65 from 2021-06-04

1 week (2021-07-20) N/A
1 month (2021-07-01) 4.45%
3 months (2021-04-30) 7.18%
6 months (2021-01-27) N/A
1 year (2020-07-27) N/A
2 years (2019-07-27) N/A
3 years (2018-07-27) N/A
5 years (2016-07-27) N/A

Is W-WGrainger under- or over-valued?

Valuing W-WGrainger stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of W-WGrainger's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

W-WGrainger's P/E ratio

W-WGrainger's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 28x. In other words, W-WGrainger shares trade at around 28x recent earnings.

That's comparable to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29).

W-WGrainger's PEG ratio

W-WGrainger's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7829. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into W-WGrainger's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

W-WGrainger's EBITDA

W-WGrainger's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $1.5 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a W-WGrainger's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

W-WGrainger financials

Revenue TTM $11.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.44%
Gross profit TTM $4.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.57%
Return on equity TTM 4191.95%
Profit margin 6.4%
Book value $34.85
Market capitalisation $23.7 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting W-WGrainger shares

There are currently 843,065 W-WGrainger shares held short by investors – that's known as W-WGrainger's "short interest". This figure is 34.9% up from 625,046 last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting W-WGrainger shares can be evaluated.

W-WGrainger's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

W-WGrainger's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of W-WGrainger shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of W-WGrainger shares traded daily (recently around 230345.6284153). W-WGrainger's SIR currently stands at 3.66. In other words for every 100,000 W-WGrainger shares traded daily on the market, roughly 3660 shares are currently held short.

However W-WGrainger's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of W-WGrainger shares, or, against the total number of tradable W-WGrainger shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case W-WGrainger's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 W-WGrainger shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0194% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable W-WGrainger shares, roughly 19 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against W-WGrainger.

Find out more about how you can short W-WGrainger stock.

W-WGrainger's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like W-WGrainger.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

W-WGrainger's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 15.04

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and W-WGrainger's overall score of 15.04 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like W-WGrainger is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

W-WGrainger's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.89/100

W-WGrainger's environmental score of 0.89 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that W-WGrainger is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

W-WGrainger's social score

Social score: 7.8/100

W-WGrainger's social score of 7.8 puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that W-WGrainger is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

W-WGrainger's governance score

Governance score: 7.85/100

W-WGrainger's governance score puts it squarely in the 4th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that W-WGrainger is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

W-WGrainger's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. W-WGrainger scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that W-WGrainger has managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

W.W. Grainger, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 15.04
Total ESG percentile 7.18
Environmental score 0.89
Environmental score percentile 4
Social score 7.8
Social score percentile 4
Governance score 7.85
Governance score percentile 4
Level of controversy 1

W-WGrainger share dividends

50%

Dividend payout ratio: 49.76% of net profits

Recently W-WGrainger has paid out, on average, around 49.76% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.4% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), W-WGrainger shareholders could enjoy a 1.4% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In W-WGrainger's case, that would currently equate to about $6.03 per share.

While W-WGrainger's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that W-WGrainger may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

W-WGrainger's most recent dividend payout was on 31 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 5 August 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have W-WGrainger's shares ever split?

W-WGrainger's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 14 June 1998. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your W-WGrainger shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for W-WGrainger shares which in turn could have impacted W-WGrainger's share price.

W-WGrainger share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, W-WGrainger's shares have ranged in value from as little as $331.5199 up to $479.87. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GWW.US volatility(beta: 1.2)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while W-WGrainger's is 1.204. This would suggest that W-WGrainger's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

W-WGrainger overview

W. W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products and services in the United States, Canada, and internationally. The company provides material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, and metalworking tools. It also offers inventory management and technical support services. The company provides its products through sales and service representatives, catalogs, and electronic and ecommerce channels.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of W-WGrainger is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 13.583% of W-WGrainger shares are held by insiders and 72.844% by institutions.
How many people work for W-WGrainger?
Latest data suggests 21,800 work at W-WGrainger.
When does the fiscal year end for W-WGrainger?
W-WGrainger's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is W-WGrainger based?
W-WGrainger's address is: 100 Grainger Parkway, Lake Forest, IL, United States, 60045-5201
What is W-WGrainger's ISIN number?
W-WGrainger's international securities identification number is: US3848021040
What is W-WGrainger's CUSIP number?
W-WGrainger's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 384802104

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