Shares of W.W. Grainger Inc. /zigman2/quotes/200853098/composite GWW -0.63% advanced 2.21% to $573.78 Wednesday, on what proved to be an all-around favorable trading session for the stock market, with the S&P 500 Index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -1.47% rising 1.83% to 3,979.87 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average /zigman2/quotes/210598065/realtime DJIA -1.14% rising 1.40% to 31,581.28. This was the stock's second consecutive day of gains. W.W. Grainger Inc. closed $14.84 short of its 52-week high ($588.62), which the company reached on August 16th.
The stock demonstrated a mixed performance when compared to some of its competitors Wednesday, as Fastenal Co. /zigman2/quotes/206312496/composite FAST -0.60% rose 1.59% to $51.10, Watsco Inc. Cl B /zigman2/quotes/201577329/composite WSO.B -0.81% fell 6.83% to $284.20, and Snap-On Inc. /zigman2/quotes/201424054/composite SNA -1.30% rose 2.93% to $223.47. Trading volume (290,287) remained 1,343 below its 50-day average volume of 291,630.