Sysco Corporation

(

SYY

) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 3.4%. By the end of trading, Sysco Corporation rose 75 cents (2.7%) to $28.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.4 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.20-$28.61 after having opened the day at $28.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.79. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were:

L.B. Foster Company

(

FSTR

), up 14.7%,

Olympic Steel

(

ZEUS

), up 12%,

SinoHub Inc

(

SIHI

), up 11.3%, and

Chindex International Inc

(

CHDX

), up 9.6%.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco as a

buy

. 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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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