Analyst Ratings for W W Grainger Inc (GWW)

Updated: 2016-08-29

GWW was given price targets by several analysts. The most optimistic analyst gave a price target of 274, implying potential capital gains of 16.73 percent. The minimum price target given was 180, which equates to a potential downside of -23.32 percent. One must be careful with overanalyzing price targets and ratings due to possible conflicts of interest among the analysts releasing them.

Analysts have revised their earnings estimates upwards for this quarter, by about 0.17 percent on average, compared to last month. The average change in earnings estimates over the last 90 days is -6.56 percent. Meanwhile, fiscal year estimates have been revised upwards by 0.09 percent, compared to last month. If we look at the last 90 days instead, we find a net average change of -4.07 percent in FY estimates.

People are often interested in whether analysts were united in the direction of their revisions. Over the past month, 4 analysts increased their quarterly estimates, which can be compared to the 0 analysts that decreased their estimates. Also over the last month, 3 analysts increased their estimates for the FY earnings, while 0 analysts made negative revisions to their fiscal year's estimates.

GWW has an estimated earnings growth rate of 6.53 percent as forecasted by analysts. The PEG ratio of a stock is another value frequently studied by investors. Smaller PEG ratios are desirable, because people typically see that as an indicator of higher growth relative to stock price. People often look for the PEG ratio to be under 1, although it is frequently more appropriate to compare PEG ratios to the company's peers. GWW has a PEG ratio of 3.27.

In the last 52-weeks, GWW has achieved a high of 239.95 and a low of 176.85. Today's price is 32.73 percent above the 52-week low, and below the high by 2.18 percent. GWW has a price/earnings ratio of 21.36. Investors typically compare the P/E ratio to a company's peers in the industry. The GWW value stock report compares GWW to some of its peers using value stock charts. The market cap of GWW is $14.29 billion. GWW is estimated to release their earnings results for the quarter on 2016-10-18, days from today.