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MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc. (MSM): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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MSC Industrial Direct ( MSM) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, MSC Industrial Direct rose 36 cents (0.5%) to $72.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 817,817 shares of MSC Industrial Direct exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 308,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.67-$73.29 after having opened the day at $71.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.50. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Universal Power Group ( UPG), up 15.6%, Navarre Corporation ( NAVR), up 6.2%, China Armco Metals ( CNAM), up 5%, and Edgen Group ( EDG), up 4.7%.

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a direct marketer and distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products to industrial customers in the United States. MSC Industrial Direct has a market cap of $3.44 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate MSC Industrial Direct a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MSC Industrial Direct as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Westinghouse Solar ( WEST), down 17.5%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 7.1%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 6.7%, and Lawson Products ( LAWS), down 5.6%, were all losers within the wholesale industry with Omnicare ( OCR) being today's wholesale industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the wholesale industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the wholesale industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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