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The Wholesale industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.6%. Laggards within the Wholesale industry included

Crystal Rock Holdings

(

CRVP

), down 5.8%,

Rada Electronics Industries

(

RADA

), down 2.3%,

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), down 3.7%,

Addvantage Technologies Group

(

AEY

), down 1.6% and

Armco Metals Holdings

(

AMCO

), down 6.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Wesco Aircraft Holdings

(

WAIR

) is one of the companies that pushed the Wholesale industry lower today. Wesco Aircraft Holdings was down $0.43 (2.2%) to $19.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 347,027 shares of Wesco Aircraft Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 397,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $19.15-$19.63 after having opened the day at $19.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.58.

Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. distributes and provides supply chain management services to the aerospace industry in the North America and internationally. Wesco Aircraft Holdings has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Wesco Aircraft Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Wesco Aircraft Holdings

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WAIR go as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 44.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • WESCO AIRCRAFT HOLDINGS INC's earnings per share declined by 19.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WESCO AIRCRAFT HOLDINGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.09 versus $0.96 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.35 versus $1.09).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.22 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, WAIR has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 1.82, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Wesco Aircraft Holdings Ratings Report

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At the close,

Addvantage Technologies Group

(

AEY

) was down $0.04 (1.6%) to $2.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 17,426 shares of Addvantage Technologies Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 37,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $2.51-$2.56 after having opened the day at $2.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $2.56.

ADDvantage Technologies Group, Inc. distributes and services a line of electronics and hardware products for the cable television industry. Addvantage Technologies Group has a market cap of $25.5 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Addvantage Technologies Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on AEY go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • AEY's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.17 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.29, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES GP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES GP increased its bottom line by earning $0.14 versus $0.12 in the prior year.
  • The gross profit margin for ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES GP is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.83%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -10.75% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.18 million or 125.81% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Addvantage Technologies Group Ratings Report

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China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

) was another company that pushed the Wholesale industry lower today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was down $0.04 (3.7%) to $0.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,000 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 20,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.89-$0.92 after having opened the day at $0.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.94.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $67.7 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates China Metro-Rural Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNR go as follows:

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

China Metro-Rural Holdings Ratings Report

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