W.R. Grace stock: buy or sell?

GRA stock price: $67.65 1.03% At close on September 20th, 2019

Updated on:
September 20th, 2019


W.R. Grace shares inched 1.03% to $67.65 yesterday.

W. R. Grace & Co. produces and sells specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. It operates through two segments, Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies.

Should I buy W.R. Grace stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. That's why is so important to define your own trading strategy that fits your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.

None of our preferred buy setups matches with W.R. Grace stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean GRA will fall in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is W.R. Grace stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At Stocks2.com, we collected 3 ratings published for GRA stock in the last 30 days.

Is GRA a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-3-21Berenberg Bankn/aBuy
2019-1-14National Bank Financialn/aOutperform
2019-1-11Loop Capitaln/aBuy

W.R. Grace stock analysis

Daily outlook

W.R. Grace inched a good 1.03% and closed at $67.65.

Shares of W.R. Grace inched a good 1.03% and closed at $67.65. In the last 9 days when GRA stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-3.76 per share (-5.27%).

GRA stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

W.R. Grace eased a rough -2.58% this week.

W.R. Grace is in a glaring downtrend, marking consecutive declining tops and bottoms. Now is trading in between the - range. If the support holds the price, this might mark a double bottom configuration and create a flat-base to reverse this downtrend. Since late July, when GRA stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-8.75 per share (-11.45%). Stocks below the 200 days moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders.

GRA stock chart (weekly)

W.R. Grace stock price history

W.R. Grace stock went public on January 4th, 1982 with a price of $2.771. Since then, GRA stock grew a 2,342.20%, with an average of 63.30% per year. If you had invested right after GRA's IPO a $1,000 in W.R. Grace stock in 1982, it would worth $23,422.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

W.R. Grace stock historical price chart

GRA stock reached 52-week highs on July at $79.38, and all-time highs 2014-03-11 with a price of 100.49.

W.R. Grace stock price target is $89.00

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we only found 1 price prediction for W.R. Grace stock:
GRA stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-1-11Loop CapitalSet Price Targetn/a$89.00-
(in average)$0.00$89.000.0%

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

W.R. Grace reported nice results for 2018-Q4 on February. W.R. Grace jumped Earnings per Share (EPS) by 10.70%, beating experts estimates of $1.03. W.R. Grace posted $1.14.
GRA earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, W.R. Grace annual sales skyrocketed an amazing 12.56% to $1,932.10 million USD from $1,716.50 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in the same way, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) jumped a 8.02% to 8.67%.

GRA annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$3,060 M-$256 M8.4%-
2014$3,243 M5.98%$276 M8.5%7.89%
2015$3,052 M-5.91%$144 M4.7%-47.81%
2016$1,599 M-47.61%$94 M5.9%-34.74%
2017$1,717 M7.38%$11 M0.7%-88.10%
2018$1,932 M12.56%$168 M8.7%1,396.43%

Quarterly financial results

W.R. Grace reported $520.00 million in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 5.07% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $69.10 M with a profit margin of 13.29%. Profit margin boosted a 10.04% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 3.25%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, W.R. Grace sales marked an astounding growth and rocketed a 13.17%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, W.R. Grace posted 3 positive quarters in a row.
GRA quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$430 M-$44 M10.2%-
2017-Q3$430 M0.00%$47 M11.0%7.97%
2017-Q4$460 M6.98%$-123 M-26.8%-359.49%
2018-Q1$432 M-6.09%$44 M10.1%-135.45%
2018-Q2$486 M12.56%$39 M8.0%-11.01%
2018-Q3$495 M1.89%$16 M3.3%-58.51%
2018-Q4$520 M5.07%$69 M13.3%329.19%
2019-Q1$470 M-9.71%$25 M5.3%-64.25%

W.R. Grace ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a company, it's worth to review its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For W.R. Grace, 0.95% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for GRA stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:

Market cap$4.5 B$7.3 B$15.2 B$975.0 M$5.2 B
Total shares66.7 M106.0 M123.7 M81.9 M229.5 M
Float shares56.2 M105.3 M122.9 M80.9 M208.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)90.6%98.6%105.7%101.5%76.7%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.9%0.5%0.6%1.3%14.9%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

W.R. Grace summary

Friday, September 20th, 2019
Day range$66.92 - $68.33
Previous close$66.96
Session gain1.03%
Average true range$1.61
50d mov avg$69.03
100d mov avg$71.58
200d mov avg$71.55
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt02a

W.R. Grace performance

To better understand W.R. Grace performance you must compare its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare W.R. Grace to Albemarle, Celanese, Ferro, Huntsman, Innospec and RPM International:
GRAW.R. Grace-7.57%-11.03%-7.14%
RPMRPM International11.29%21.44%3.59%

W.R. Grace competitors

One check before trading any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for W.R. Grace. We selected 6 companies as W.R. Grace competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.