Sysco Corporation

(

SYY

) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Sysco Corporation rose 14 cents (0.5%) to $27.94 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.5 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.75-$28.11 after having opened the day at $27.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.80. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were:

Chefs Warehouse Holdings

(

CHEF

), up 4.7%,

Hudson Technology

(

HDSN

), up 4.3%,

Educational Development Corporation

(

EDUC

), up 4.3%, and

CE Franklin

(

CFK

), up 2.9%.

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 $16.14 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Sysco Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation 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 and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Westinghouse Solar

(

WEST

), down 5.1%,

Navarre Corporation

(

NAVR

), down 4.8%,

China Metro-Rural Holdings

(

CNR

), down 3.9%, and

InfoSonics Corporation

(

IFON

), down 3.8%, were all losers within the wholesale industry with

Wesco International

(

WCC

) 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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