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W.W. Grainger, Inc (GWW) is a leading industrial distribution business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$445 after a previous close of US$445.09. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD440.9327 to a high of USD445.72. The latest price was USD442.57 (25 minute delay). W.W. Grainger is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.

How to buy shares in W.W. Grainger

  1. Compare share trading platforms. To buy shares in a US company from Australia you'll need to find a trading platform that offers access to US stock markets. If you're just starting out, look for a platform with low brokerage and foreign exchange fees.
  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for W.W. Grainger. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: GWW. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until W.W. Grainger reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. At last close price of US$464.65, weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of W.W. Grainger, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of W.W. Grainger. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

W.W. Grainger share price

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W.W. Grainger shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-06-22.
OpenUS$445
HighUS$445.72
LowUS$440.9327
CloseUS$442.57
Previous closeUS$445.09
Change US$-2.52
Change % -0.5662%
Volume 197,587
Information last updated 2021-06-17.
52-week rangeUS$286.5609 - US$479.87
50-day moving average US$457.4074
200-day moving average US$411.0129
Target priceUS$455
PE ratio 28.0881
Dividend yield US$6.03 (1.31%)
Earnings per share (TTM) US$14.2464

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Is it a good time to buy W.W. Grainger stock?

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W.W. Grainger price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the last close of $442.57

1 week (2021-06-16) -1.42%
1 month (2021-05-21) -3.04%
3 months (2021-03-23) 12.24%
6 months (2020-12-23) 7.77%
1 year (2020-06-23) 46.80%
2 years (2019-06-21) 61.51%
3 years (2018-06-22) 41.80%
5 years (2016-06-23) 95.85%

Is W.W. Grainger under- or over-valued?

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

W.W. Grainger's P/E ratio

W.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger 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.W. Grainger's PEG ratio

W.W. Grainger's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.7483. 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.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger's EBITDA

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

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

W.W. Grainger financials

Revenue TTM US$11.9 billion
Operating margin TTM 11.44%
Gross profit TTM US$4.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 12.57%
Return on equity TTM 4191.95%
Profit margin 6.4%
Book value 34.849
Market capitalisation US$23.9 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting W.W. Grainger shares

There are currently 612,519 W.W. Grainger shares held short by investors – that's known as W.W. Grainger's "short interest". This figure is 12.4% down from 698,855 last month.

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

W.W. Grainger's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

W.W. Grainger's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of W.W. Grainger shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of W.W. Grainger shares traded daily (recently around 266312.60869565). W.W. Grainger's SIR currently stands at 2.3. In other words for every 100,000 W.W. Grainger shares traded daily on the market, roughly 2300 shares are currently held short.

However W.W. Grainger's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of W.W. Grainger shares, or, against the total number of tradable W.W. Grainger shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case W.W. Grainger's short interest could be expressed as 0.01% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 W.W. Grainger shares in existence, roughly 10 shares are currently held short) or 0.0141% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable W.W. Grainger shares, roughly 14 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.W. Grainger.

Find out more about how you can short W.W. Grainger stock.

W.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger.

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

W.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger 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.W. Grainger's environmental score

Environmental score: 0.89/100

W.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

W.W. Grainger's social score

Social score: 7.8/100

W.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

W.W. Grainger's governance score

Governance score: 7.85/100

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

W.W. Grainger's controversy score

Controversy score: 1/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. W.W. Grainger scored a 1 out of 5 for controversy – the highest score possible, reflecting that W.W. Grainger 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.W. Grainger share dividends

38%

Dividend payout ratio: 37.84% of net profits

Recently W.W. Grainger has paid out, on average, around 37.84% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.44% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), W.W. Grainger shareholders could enjoy a 1.44% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In W.W. Grainger's case, that would currently equate to about $6.03 per share.

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

W.W. Grainger's most recent dividend payout was on 31 May 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 6 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have W.W. Grainger's shares ever split?

W.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for W.W. Grainger shares which in turn could have impacted W.W. Grainger's share price.

W.W. Grainger share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, W.W. Grainger's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$286.5609 up to US$479.87. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

GWW.US volatility(beta: 1.21)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.W. Grainger's is 1.2109. This would suggest that W.W. Grainger'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.W. Grainger 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. It serves small and mid-sized businesses, large corporations, government entities, and other institutions. W.W. Grainger, Inc. was founded in 1927 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

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