Stratos Wealth Partners LTD Has Cut Its Grainger W W INC (GWW) Position by $3.46 Million; Share Price Rose

July 13, 2018 - By Andrea Pope

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) LogoInvestors sentiment decreased to 0.75 in Q1 2018. Its down 0.06, from 0.81 in 2017Q4. It worsened, as 36 investors sold GWW shares while 214 reduced holdings. 82 funds opened positions while 106 raised stakes. 43.08 million shares or 5.84% less from 45.76 million shares in 2017Q4 were reported. Employees Retirement Sys Of Texas has 0.01% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) for 3,300 shares. Newfocus Group Ltd Liability Corp has invested 1.91% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Principal Financial Gp holds 0.02% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) or 79,496 shares. Oppenheimer Asset reported 0.01% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). New England And has 1,250 shares. Fincl invested in 901 shares or 0.13% of the stock. Moreover, Oxbow Advsr Llc has 0.22% invested in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Cadence Cap Mgmt Ltd Limited Liability Company reported 6,107 shares. Stifel has 37,288 shares. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP holds 0.03% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) for 272,674 shares. Parametric Port Associate Limited Com invested in 399,408 shares. Convergence Invest Partners Limited accumulated 14,292 shares. Weiss Asset Limited Partnership has invested 0.02% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Bnp Paribas Asset Management Holdings has invested 0.01% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Daiwa Grp Inc holds 0% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) or 1,762 shares.

Since February 1, 2018, it had 1 buying transaction, and 4 insider sales for $6.50 million activity. Watson Lucas E bought 195 shares worth $50,020. HOWARD JOHN L had sold 19,500 shares worth $5.75M.

Stratos Wealth Partners Ltd decreased its stake in Grainger W W Inc (GWW) by 93.78% based on its latest 2018Q1 regulatory filing with the SEC. Stratos Wealth Partners Ltd sold 12,305 shares as the company’s stock rose 14.40% while stock markets declined. The institutional investor held 816 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2018Q1, valued at $230,000, down from 13,121 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Stratos Wealth Partners Ltd who had been investing in Grainger W W Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $17.41B market cap company. The stock increased 0.52% or $1.61 during the last trading session, reaching $310.82. About 346,497 shares traded. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has risen 75.66% since July 13, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 63.09% the S&P500.

Stratos Wealth Partners Ltd, which manages about $2.15B and $2.37 billion US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Ishares Tr (EFA) by 51,349 shares to 277,395 shares, valued at $19.33M in 2018Q1, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Ishares Tr (IJR) by 49,155 shares in the quarter, for a total of 277,254 shares, and has risen its stake in Ishares Tr (IYR).

Analysts await W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) to report earnings on July, 18 before the open. They expect $3.72 earnings per share, up 35.77 % or $0.98 from last year’s $2.74 per share. GWW’s profit will be $208.38 million for 20.89 P/E if the $3.72 EPS becomes a reality. After $4.18 actual earnings per share reported by W.W. Grainger, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -11.00 % negative EPS growth.

Another recent and important W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) news was published by Seekingalpha.com which published an article titled: “Trade Tension Threatens Grainger’s Stellar Growth” on July 09, 2018.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) Ratings Coverage

Among 12 analysts covering WW Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 2 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 17% are positive. WW Grainger had 23 analyst reports since January 23, 2018 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm has “Market Perform” rating given on Thursday, January 25 by Wells Fargo. The rating was maintained by Susquehanna with “Hold” on Friday, April 20. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of GWW in report on Tuesday, April 3 with “Hold” rating. Oppenheimer maintained the stock with “Outperform” rating in Thursday, January 25 report. Gabelli maintained W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) on Friday, January 26 with “Buy” rating. The firm has “Buy” rating by Robert W. Baird given on Thursday, January 25. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus on Friday, January 26 with “Hold”. The firm earned “Neutral” rating on Tuesday, July 3 by Robert W. Baird. The company was maintained on Sunday, April 22 by Stifel Nicolaus. Susquehanna maintained the stock with “Hold” rating in Friday, January 26 report.

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