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Hain Celestial Group Inc. (HAIN): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group rose $1.96 (2.3%) to $87.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 614,299 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 788,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $85.69-$88.16 after having opened the day at $85.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.68. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), up 5.5%, Olympic Steel ( ZEUS), up 3.0%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 2.7% and Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), up 2.6%.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), down 11.2%, Lawson Products ( LAWS), down 8.7%, Macquarie Infrastructure Company ( MIC), down 4.5% and Forward Industries ( FORD), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Omnicare ( OCR) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

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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