Integral Derivatives Has Cut Mrk (MRK) Stake By $2.90 Million; W.W. Grainger (GWW) Shorts Decreased By 1.22%

February 20, 2018 - By Michael Collier

W.W. Grainger Incorporated (NYSE:GWW) had a decrease of 1.22% in short interest. GWW’s SI was 8.60 million shares in February as released by FINRA. Its down 1.22% from 8.70 million shares previously. With 718,200 avg volume, 12 days are for W.W. Grainger Incorporated (NYSE:GWW)’s short sellers to cover GWW’s short positions. The stock decreased 1.21% or $3.225 during the last trading session, reaching $263.455. About 307,224 shares traded. W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) has declined 21.15% since February 20, 2017 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 37.85% the S&P500.

Integral Derivatives Llc decreased Mrk (MRK) stake by 84.99% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Integral Derivatives Llc sold 45,387 shares as Mrk (MRK)’s stock declined 2.46%. The Integral Derivatives Llc holds 8,013 shares with $513,000 value, down from 53,400 last quarter. Mrk now has $149.97B valuation. The stock decreased 2.21% or $1.245 during the last trading session, reaching $55.045. About 8.82 million shares traded. Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has risen 16.86% since February 20, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 0.16% the S&P500.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.06 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.01, from 1.07 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 46 investors sold MRK shares while 619 reduced holdings. 106 funds opened positions while 598 raised stakes. 1.96 billion shares or 0.47% more from 1.95 billion shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Tompkins Fincl invested in 52,722 shares or 0.8% of the stock. Metropolitan Life Ins Ny reported 1.30M shares. Moreover, Macguire Cheswick And Tuttle Counsel Ltd has 1.31% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Grp Inc Inc holds 0.19% or 837,540 shares in its portfolio. Moreover, Pittenger & Anderson has 0.21% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 36,695 shares. Fincl Advisory accumulated 0.24% or 13,306 shares. Appleton Ptnrs Ma owns 28,572 shares. Mitchell Sinkler & Starr Pa reported 20,492 shares. Moreover, Boston Family Office Ltd Company has 0.78% invested in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 107,325 shares. Crestwood Advsrs Gp Ltd Liability invested 0.07% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK). Hudson Valley Invest Advsrs Adv accumulated 1.08% or 64,852 shares. Van Cleef Asset Managementinc holds 0.41% of its portfolio in Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) for 23,343 shares. Baker Avenue Asset Mgmt Ltd Partnership owns 22,089 shares. Pura Vida Limited Company holds 4.96% or 154,570 shares in its portfolio. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Incorporated reported 231,223 shares stake.

Among 24 analysts covering Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE:MRK), 17 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 7 Hold. Therefore 71% are positive. Merck & Co. Inc. had 79 analyst reports since August 13, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has “Buy” rating by Societe Generale on Wednesday, April 6. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, October 13 by Bank of America. As per Thursday, January 12, the company rating was upgraded by Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley maintained Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) on Wednesday, February 7 with “Equal-Weight” rating. BMO Capital Markets downgraded the stock to “Market Perform” rating in Monday, July 18 report. The rating was maintained by Leerink Swann with “Market Perform” on Monday, October 23. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, August 19 by UBS. On Tuesday, July 4 the stock rating was maintained by BMO Capital Markets with “Sell”. The stock of Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE:MRK) has “Market Perform” rating given on Tuesday, February 6 by Leerink Swann. Jefferies maintained it with “Hold” rating and $51 target in Tuesday, March 15 report.

Integral Derivatives Llc increased Mcd (Put) (NYSE:MCD) stake by 12,600 shares to 29,200 valued at $4.58M in 2017Q3. It also upped Lb (Put) (LTD) stake by 38,200 shares and now owns 47,200 shares. Amzn (Put) (NASDAQ:AMZN) was raised too.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.98 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.18, from 0.8 in 2017Q2. It improved, as 62 investors sold W.W. Grainger, Inc. shares while 157 reduced holdings. 62 funds opened positions while 153 raised stakes. 47.96 million shares or 3.15% more from 46.50 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Cibc World holds 7,655 shares or 0.01% of its portfolio. Glg Limited Co owns 960 shares. Atria Investments Ltd holds 0.01% or 1,205 shares. Regentatlantic Cap Ltd Llc holds 0.02% or 1,417 shares in its portfolio. Macquarie holds 9,400 shares. 169,872 are owned by Sumitomo Mitsui Tru Holding. Massachusetts-based Cadence Capital Mngmt Ltd Liability has invested 0.14% in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Dimensional Fund Advisors Lp holds 262,424 shares. Voya Mngmt Ltd reported 33,197 shares. Pub Sector Pension Board reported 11,078 shares. State Of Alaska Department Of Revenue holds 7,639 shares or 0.07% of its portfolio. Nationwide Fund holds 0.07% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) for 104,375 shares. Montecito National Bank & Trust And Tru invested 0.12% of its portfolio in W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW). Apg Asset Management Nv stated it has 504,347 shares. Kistler invested in 468 shares or 0.04% of the stock.

Since October 20, 2017, it had 1 buy, and 4 insider sales for $2.22 million activity. $2.13 million worth of W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) shares were sold by Brown Laura D. Tapia Eric R sold 190 shares worth $39,569. 195 W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) shares with value of $50,020 were bought by Watson Lucas E. Robbins Paige K sold $70,000 worth of stock or 346 shares.

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