Henry Schein Inc

(

HSIC

) 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, Henry Schein Inc rose 60 cents (1%) to $62.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 527,391 shares of Henry Schein Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 605,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.62-$62.86 after having opened the day at $61.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.79. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were:

Staar Surgical

(

STAA

), up 7.2%,

InfoSonics Corporation

(

IFON

), up 4.5%,

Navarre Corporation

(

NAVR

), up 4.2%, and

Sims Metal Management

(

SMS

), up 3.1%.

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 Inc has a market cap of $5.42 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Henry Schein as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), down 13.4%,

Rada Electronics Industries Inc

(

RADA

), down 12.7%,

Bluelinx Holdings Inc

(

BXC

), down 10%, and

China Armco Metals Inc

(

CNAM

), down 9.3%, were all losers within the wholesale industry with

Patterson Companies Inc

(

PDCO

) 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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