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

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company is in the service business. It distributes products used by businesses and institutions across North America to keep their facilities and equipment running.

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Member Avatar ElCid16 (94.26) Submitted: 1/12/2016 9:09:48 AM : Outperform Start Price: $233.36 GWW Score: +2.92

The long-term concern with Grainger is the threat of Amazon entering the industrial distribution business. The move toward an online model, which Grainger has done successfully, confirms that the space is open to disruption. I think it's a viable concern, but I think it will take years before that scenario will shake out. Fastenal has done an excellent job creating an extra layer of stickiness between itself and its customers, and Grainger is in the process of replicating that stickiness. Industrial distribution and consumer shopping isn't a 1:1, and though there is a window for disruption, Amazon has its work cut out if it wants to be a viable competitor to Grainger.

The near-term concern is the slow down in industrial distribution, and GWW's next 12-18 months of earnings. That has created a great entry price, IMO [I thought a good entry price was when shares were in the low $200s]. Trailing 12 months pre-tax earnings are around $1.3B and the company is trading for about $12B. Trailing 12 months EBITDA is around $1.6B and the EV is about $14B.

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Member Avatar BKITU (97.93) Submitted: 8/11/2014 1:01:51 PM : Outperform Start Price: $231.31 GWW Score: -4.74

Solid financials, strong relationships with their customer base, excellent value-added services, and most importantly, they get more profit with less revenue. Efficiency is excellent.

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Member Avatar fairlyreliable (48.74) Submitted: 5/6/2014 1:22:49 AM : Outperform Start Price: $241.43 GWW Score: -12.61

On my radar as a growth dividend

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Member Avatar JoeBEan769 (73.02) Submitted: 12/15/2013 12:32:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $241.55 GWW Score: -18.24

One of the greatest dividend growth stocks ever.

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Member Avatar EruditeInvestor (55.57) Submitted: 1/6/2013 4:12:23 PM : Underperform Start Price: $196.99 GWW Score: +21.11

Appears to be extremely over valued.

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Member Avatar EndOfLine (< 20) Submitted: 2/10/2012 12:29:31 AM : Outperform Start Price: $186.59 GWW Score: -28.17

In the short term, because it is so B2B, should mirror S&P well. But This sector seems to have some growth left. I expect to turn into a value stock more than growth stock in the next 2-4 yrs.

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Member Avatar WillSurfForFood (79.32) Submitted: 1/23/2012 7:25:31 PM : Outperform Start Price: $187.39 GWW Score: -32.68

great run over the last 30 years or so

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Member Avatar bradford86 (99.65) Submitted: 1/16/2012 11:00:28 AM : Underperform Start Price: $184.51 GWW Score: +31.59

287. Grainger (W.W.) Inc. (NYSE: GWW) has literally gone parabolic. Danger! Sell this one on the chart alone. A P/E over 20, outrunning analyst estimates, and a long term forecasted growth rate in the low double digits is unsustainable. This chart is set for a huge pullback. Target: $140-$160.

http://beta.fool.com/bradford86/2012/01/16/price-market-part-44/

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Member Avatar Br0oklyn (< 20) Submitted: 4/20/2011 11:02:24 AM : Outperform Start Price: $136.70 GWW Score: +16.79

Will Outperform

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Member Avatar malbert94 (< 20) Submitted: 4/7/2011 1:28:46 PM : Outperform Start Price: $132.36 GWW Score: +22.53

Rebuilding Japan

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Member Avatar thievaryx (88.51) Submitted: 6/9/2010 8:57:02 AM : Outperform Start Price: $90.17 GWW Score: +68.25

Still a mid-cap stock with a very low market share. Excellent business growth potential that is performing very well.

Management is very shareholder friendly (dividend achiever) and commitment to repurchasing shares (about 5% of OS anually)

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Member Avatar JohanHansen (77.24) Submitted: 12/11/2009 2:11:32 PM : Outperform Start Price: $88.02 GWW Score: +81.48

Star10aaa & MystFund10%x

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Member Avatar wofaintagain (< 20) Submitted: 11/5/2009 7:36:11 PM : Underperform Start Price: $86.34 GWW Score: -78.06

overvalued

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Member Avatar wooderino (79.50) Submitted: 10/27/2009 12:35:37 PM : Outperform Start Price: $85.26 GWW Score: +82.58

Showed up on a screen for solid 5 year growth with low debt, cash on hand and still at attractive P/E ratios.

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Member Avatar MRSTARBUCKS (98.68) Submitted: 9/2/2009 1:07:46 AM : Outperform Start Price: $77.29 GWW Score: +96.42

a good stock

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Member Avatar ScreaminRemo303 (45.71) Submitted: 3/11/2009 11:56:45 AM : Outperform Start Price: $56.26 GWW Score: +130.08

companies are often looking to spend their budgets before fiscal year and usually go on spending sprees in May-June. It's often a time to "use it or lose it" and companies buy crap on their wish-lists.

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Member Avatar hdeamer (80.79) Submitted: 3/5/2009 12:29:36 PM : Outperform Start Price: $54.40 GWW Score: +129.25

1 3-6-9.

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Member Avatar FoolishTomCat (< 20) Submitted: 10/7/2008 8:34:13 AM : Outperform Start Price: $67.81 GWW Score: +148.71

These guys have EVERYTHING anyone could ever need!!!!!!

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Member Avatar eightzeroes (< 20) Submitted: 9/10/2008 9:40:16 PM : Outperform Start Price: $75.97 GWW Score: +135.31

Well established company that fills many basic needs.

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Member Avatar CurmudeonDoug (< 20) Submitted: 8/18/2008 11:39:11 PM : Outperform Start Price: $81.24 GWW Score: +122.45

Steady performer for patient investors who want to grow a portfolio without a lot of anxiety during these volatile times. may not keep pace with the S&P in the short run but in a tortoise and hare scenario it will prevail.

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