The wholesale industry closed the day down 2.3%. China Auto Logistics Inc ( CALI), GTSI Corporation ( GTSI), and Amcon Distributing Company ( DIT) were all winners today within the wholesale industry with Spartan Stores Inc ( SPTN) being today's featured wholesale winner. Spartan Stores Inc rose 25 cents (1.6%) to $15.52 on light volume. Throughout the day, 61,465 shares of Spartan Stores Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 153,900 shares.

Spartan Stores, Inc. operates as a grocery distributor and grocery retailer principally in Michigan and Indiana. The company operates in two segments, Distribution and Retail. Spartan Stores Inc has a market cap of $344.2 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.5, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spartan Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, 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, Rada Electronics Industries Inc ( RADA), China Armco Metals Inc ( CNAM), Westinghouse Solar Inc ( WEST), and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) were all losers within the wholesale industry with Audiovox Corporation ( VOXX) 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).