Stifel Nicolaus Keeps Their Hold Rating on WW Grainger

By Jason Carr

Stifel Nicolaus analyst Robert McCarthy reiterated a Hold rating on WW Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today and set a price target of $180. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $173.43, close to its 52-week low of $169.75.

According to, McCarthy is a 5-star analyst with an average return of 11.0% and a 73.0% success rate. McCarthy covers the Industrial Goods sector, focusing on stocks such as Lincoln Electric Holdings, Emerson Electric Company, and United Technologies Corp.

Currently, the analyst consensus on WW Grainger is Moderate Sell and the average price target is $183.25, representing a 5.7% upside.

In a report issued on May 24, BMO Capital also reiterated a Hold rating on the stock with a $198 price target.

WW Grainger’s market cap is currently $10.13B and has a P/E ratio of 17.73. The company has a book value ratio of 5.6437.

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W.W. Grainger, Inc. operates as a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating products. The company offers maintenance, repair and operating supplies and other related products and services through local branches, catalogs and the Internet. It offers a combination of product breadth, local availability, speed of delivery, detailed product information and competitively priced products and services. Its products include material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, forestry and agriculture equipment, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components and many other items primarily focused on the facilities maintenance market. The company also provides inventory management and energy efficiency solutions. W.W. Grainger was founded by William Wallace Grainger in 1927 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, IL.