Blair William & Company Trimmed Grainger W W (GWW) Holding by $1.23 Million as Valuation Declined; Alibaba Group Holding LTD (BABA) Shareholder Birinyi Associates Lowered Its Stake

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Blair William & Company decreased its stake in Grainger W W Inc (GWW) by 4.29% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Blair William & Company sold 3,440 shares as the company’s stock declined 18.99% with the market. The institutional investor held 76,835 shares of the consumer services company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $27.46 million, down from 80,275 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Blair William & Company who had been investing in Grainger W W Inc for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $16.02 billion market cap company. The stock increased 0.00% or $0.01 during the last trading session, reaching $284.5. About 287,189 shares traded. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has risen 28.36% since January 12, 2018 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 28.36% the S&P500. Some Historical GWW News: 21/04/2018 – DJ WW Grainger Inc, Inst Holders, 1Q 2018 (GWW); 19/04/2018 – WW Grainger 1Q Net $231.5M; 02/04/2018 – W W GRAINGER INC GWW.N SAYS CFO RON JADIN TO RETIRE

Birinyi Associates Inc decreased its stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA) by 44.13% based on its latest 2018Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Birinyi Associates Inc sold 3,950 shares as the company’s stock declined 3.15% with the market. The institutional investor held 5,000 shares of the business services company at the end of 2018Q3, valued at $824,000, down from 8,950 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Birinyi Associates Inc who had been investing in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $392.25B market cap company. The stock decreased 0.24% or $0.37 during the last trading session, reaching $151.32. About 9.59 million shares traded. Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) has declined 13.21% since January 12, 2018 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 13.21% the S&P500. Some Historical BABA News: 02/04/2018 – Amit Sinha, chief operating officer of Paytm Mall said the company would deploy the latest investment from SoftBank and Alibaba to beef up its technology and build superior logistics among other things; 16/04/2018 – XIAN INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL INVESTMENT SAYS ITS HOSPITAL UNIT SIGNS FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WITH ALIBABA CHINA’S HEALTH TECHNOLOGY AFFILIATE; 15/04/2018 – The Chinese government is encouraging mainland IPOs by unicorns such as Alibaba-backed financial services company Ant Financial, smartphone maker Xiaomi and ride-hailing app developer Didi Chuxing; 02/04/2018 – Alibaba files trademark lawsuit against Dubai firm behind ‘Alibabacoin’; 15/05/2018 – RONGYU GROUP 002622.SZ SAYS IT SIGNS FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT WITH ALIBABA’S BABA.N TECHNOLOGY AFFILIATE ON AREAS INCLUDING E-COMMERCE SOLUTIONS; 18/03/2018 – ALIBABA GROUP HOLDING BABA.N TO INVEST $2 BLN IN SOUTHEAST ASIA’S LAZADA – STATEMENT; 17/04/2018 – IGNORE:ALIBABA-BACKED PRENETICS BUYING DNAFIT ANNOUNCED APR. 16; 04/05/2018 – Alibaba Sees 2019 Revenue Growth Above 60%: TOPLive; 30/03/2018 – Alibaba founders bet on US subscription clothing pioneer; 12/03/2018 – OFO RAISES $866M IN FUNDING ROUND LED BY ALIBABA

More notable recent Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: “Alibaba-backed bike-share considers bankruptcy – Seeking Alpha” on December 19, 2018, also Investorplace.com with their article: “New Trade Network Can Boost Alibaba Stock – Investorplace.com” published on December 28, 2018, Investorplace.com published: “BABA Stock Just Is Not Worth the Considerable Risks – Investorplace.com” on December 19, 2018. More interesting news about Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) were released by: Fool.com and their article: “Alibaba’s Revenue Growth, Almost Too Good to Be True, Hits a Slight Rough Patch – The Motley Fool” published on December 19, 2018 as well as Fool.com‘s news article titled: “2 Keys to Alibaba’s Future Revenue Growth – Motley Fool” with publication date: December 24, 2018.

Birinyi Associates Inc, which manages about $250.74M and $281.17M US Long portfolio, upped its stake in Home Depot Inc/The (NYSE:HD) by 2,500 shares to 10,850 shares, valued at $2.25M in 2018Q3, according to the filing. It also increased its holding in Netflix Inc (NASDAQ:NFLX) by 2,850 shares in the quarter, for a total of 17,350 shares, and has risen its stake in Msci Inc (NYSE:MSCI).

Among 41 analysts covering Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), 39 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 1 Hold. Therefore 95% are positive. Alibaba had 202 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The firm earned “Overweight” rating on Wednesday, October 28 by Morgan Stanley. As per Friday, August 24, the company rating was maintained by Nomura. The stock has “Neutral” rating by Wedbush on Wednesday, October 28. The rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley on Friday, August 12 with “Overweight”. Robert W. Baird maintained Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) rating on Friday, May 4. Robert W. Baird has “Buy” rating and $22000 target. The company was maintained on Friday, August 18 by UBS. Wedbush downgraded Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) on Wednesday, August 12 to “Neutral” rating. The rating was maintained by Robert W. Baird on Monday, November 13 with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Friday, October 30 by M Partners. The stock of Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, September 28 by Needham.

Analysts await Alibaba Group Holding Limited (NYSE:BABA) to report earnings on February, 7. They expect $1.38 EPS, up 2.99% or $0.04 from last year’s $1.34 per share. BABA’s profit will be $3.58 billion for 27.41 P/E if the $1.38 EPS becomes a reality. After $1.01 actual EPS reported by Alibaba Group Holding Limited for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts 36.63% EPS growth.

Since July 30, 2018, it had 0 insider purchases, and 3 selling transactions for $6.40 million activity. 14,990 shares were sold by HOWARD JOHN L, worth $5.52M. 1,534 W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) shares with value of $518,784 were sold by Tapia Eric R.

Analysts await W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) to report earnings on January, 24 before the open. They expect $3.58 EPS, up 21.77% or $0.64 from last year’s $2.94 per share. GWW’s profit will be $201.63 million for 19.87 P/E if the $3.58 EPS becomes a reality. After $4.19 actual EPS reported by W.W. Grainger, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -14.56% negative EPS growth.

Among 21 analysts covering W.W. Grainger (NYSE:GWW), 2 have Buy rating, 3 Sell and 16 Hold. Therefore 10% are positive. W.W. Grainger had 122 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Monday, January 8 the stock rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus with “Hold”. The stock has “Hold” rating by Oppenheimer on Wednesday, July 19. Stifel Nicolaus maintained W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) rating on Friday, June 2. Stifel Nicolaus has “Hold” rating and $18000 target. The firm earned “Hold” rating on Thursday, April 19 by BMO Capital Markets. The rating was maintained by Stephens with “Hold” on Friday, April 13. On Tuesday, March 22 the stock rating was initiated by Sterne Agee CRT with “Buy”. RBC Capital Markets maintained W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) on Monday, October 19 with “Underperform” rating. The firm earned “Sell” rating on Tuesday, January 23 by UBS. The stock of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) earned “Underperform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Monday, November 14. The firm has “Hold” rating by Stifel Nicolaus given on Friday, April 1.

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