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Henry Schein Inc. (HSIC): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

Henry Schein (HSIC) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, Henry Schein rose 42 cents (0.5%) to $78.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 404,129 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 532,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $78.45-$79.33 after having opened the day at $79.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.49. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Brightpoint (CELL), up 66.5%, Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite (LPH), up 15.8%, Chindex International (CHDX), up 12%, and Amcon Distributing Company (DIT), up 6.7%.

Henry Schein, Inc. distributes healthcare products and services primarily to office-based healthcare practitioners. It operates in two segments, Healthcare Distribution and Technology. Henry Schein has a market cap of $6.98 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 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Henry Schein a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Henry Schein as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Metro-Rural Holdings (CNR), down 6.7%, Crystal Rock Holdings (CRVP), down 4.8%, Addvantage Technologies Group (AEY), down 4.7%, and Navarre Corporation (NAVR), down 4.4%, were all losers within the wholesale industry with MSC Industrial Direct (MSM) 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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