Analysts at Stifel Nicolaus Kept their “Hold” rating for WW Grainger (GWW) with $297.0000 Price Target; Walmart (WMT) SI Decreased By 5.49%

April 23, 2018 - By Peter Erickson

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Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT) had a decrease of 5.49% in short interest. WMT’s SI was 41.38 million shares in April as released by FINRA. Its down 5.49% from 43.78 million shares previously. With 11.95M avg volume, 4 days are for Walmart Inc (NYSE:WMT)’s short sellers to cover WMT’s short positions. The SI to Walmart Inc’s float is 2.88%. The stock decreased 1.04% or $0.91 during the last trading session, reaching $86.98. About 8.32M shares traded. Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) has risen 23.53% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 11.98% the S&P500.

In analysts note revealed to clients on today, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed their “Hold” rating on WW Grainger (NYSE:GWW)‘s stock. The target would suggest a potential upside of 2.98% from company’s previous stock close.

Since October 26, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 4 sales for $7.93 million activity. Robbins Paige K sold $70,000 worth of stock or 346 shares. $2.13 million worth of stock was sold by Brown Laura D on Thursday, January 11. 195 W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) shares with value of $50,020 were bought by Watson Lucas E. On Thursday, April 5 HOWARD JOHN L sold $5.75 million worth of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) or 19,500 shares. Tapia Eric R also sold $26,606 worth of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) shares.

Among 20 analysts covering W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 4 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 20% are positive. W.W. Grainger has $32700 highest and $145.0 lowest target. $260.13’s average target is -9.80% below currents $288.4 stock price. W.W. Grainger had 113 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Sell” rating in Monday, July 10 report. As per Friday, May 26, the company rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets. The stock has “Underweight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Wednesday, October 18. Macquarie Research initiated the shares of GWW in report on Friday, August 26 with “Outperform” rating. The rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Buy” on Tuesday, March 8. The firm has “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets given on Monday, May 15. The firm earned “Underperform” rating on Thursday, July 30 by RBC Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse on Tuesday, January 9 with “Sell”. The rating was maintained by KeyBanc Capital Markets with “Hold” on Monday, November 13. Credit Suisse downgraded W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) rating on Wednesday, April 19. Credit Suisse has “Underperform” rating and $175 target.

The stock decreased 3.83% or $11.48 during the last trading session, reaching $288.4. About 1.30 million shares traded or 22.27% up from the average. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has risen 15.02% since April 23, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.47% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.81 in Q4 2017. Its down 0.17, from 0.98 in 2017Q3. It dived, as 49 investors sold W.W. Grainger, Inc. shares while 190 reduced holdings. 75 funds opened positions while 118 raised stakes. 45.76 million shares or 4.60% less from 47.96 million shares in 2017Q3 were reported. 582,147 were accumulated by Apg Asset Management Nv. Korea Investment Corporation reported 0.05% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Investment House Ltd Com holds 23,145 shares or 0.66% of its portfolio. Atlantic Trust Gru Limited Liability invested in 19,915 shares or 0.02% of the stock. Macquarie Gp Limited reported 74,800 shares stake. Bartlett And Llc accumulated 1,159 shares. Oppenheimer & Co owns 1,424 shares. North Star Investment Management invested in 2,715 shares or 0.08% of the stock. Eads & Heald Counsel stated it has 1.3% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). 1,750 are owned by Gru One Trading Lp. Ww Asset Management Inc stated it has 5,966 shares or 0.05% of all its holdings. First Midwest Savings Bank Division accumulated 0.18% or 6,190 shares. Proshare Advisors Lc has invested 0.56% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). 3,084 were accumulated by Somerset Tru. National Bank & Trust Of Hawaii has 2,020 shares for 0.04% of their portfolio.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating supplies; and other related services and products that are used by businesses and institutions in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company has market cap of $16.17 billion. It operates through two divisions, U.S. and Canada. It has a 28.78 P/E ratio. The firm offers material handling equipment, safety and security supplies, lighting and electrical products, power and hand tools, pumps and plumbing supplies, cleaning and maintenance supplies, building and home inspection supplies, vehicle and fleet components, and various other products.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates retail stores in various formats worldwide. The company has market cap of $256.65 billion. It operates through three divisions: Walmart U.S., Walmart International, and SamÂ’s Club. It has a 26.52 P/E ratio. The firm operates discount stores, supermarkets, supercenters, hypermarkets, warehouse clubs, cash and carry stores, home improvement stores, specialty electronics stores, apparel stores, drug stores, convenience stores, and membership-only warehouse clubs; and retail Websites, such as walmart.com and samsclub.com, as well as mobile commerce applications.

Among 38 analysts covering Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 21 Hold. Therefore 45% are positive. Wal-Mart Stores Inc had 154 analyst reports since August 14, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Jefferies maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Monday, July 17 report. The stock of Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) earned “Buy” rating by Cowen & Co on Tuesday, November 21. Robert W. Baird maintained Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on Wednesday, May 31 with “Buy” rating. Oppenheimer downgraded Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on Friday, March 2 to “Perform” rating. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Tuesday, September 19 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The rating was upgraded by BMO Capital Markets to “Market Perform” on Friday, May 19. Citigroup maintained the stock with “Neutral” rating in Friday, May 20 report. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Monday, November 13 by KeyBanc Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Deutsche Bank on Wednesday, October 7 with “Hold”. The stock of Walmart Inc. (NYSE:WMT) earned “Equal-Weight” rating by Morgan Stanley on Friday, November 17.

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