The wholesale industry closed the day up 0.8%. SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), Addvantage Technologies Group Inc ( AEY), Westinghouse Solar Inc ( WEST), and Midas Inc ( MDS) were all winners today within the wholesale industry with Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) being today's featured wholesale winner. Genuine Parts Company rose $1.26 (2.5%) to $52.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares.

Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company has a market cap of $8.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, China Armco Metals Inc ( CNAM), Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite ( LPH), China Auto Logistics Inc ( CALI), and Tessco Technologies ( TESS) were all losers within the wholesale industry with Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc ( ANW) being today's wholesale industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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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