Global Partners LP (GLP): Today's Featured Wholesale Loser

The wholesale industry closed the day up 2.8%. SinoHub Inc ( SIHI), Peerless Systems Corporation ( PRLS), Westinghouse Solar Inc ( WEST), and Amcon Distributing Company ( DIT) were all decliners today within the wholesale industry with Global Partners ( GLP) being today's featured wholesale loser. Global Partners fell 19 cents (-1.2%) to $15.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 81,675 shares of Global Partners exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 87,300 shares.

Global Partners LP, through its subsidiaries, engages in the wholesale and commercial distribution of refined petroleum products and natural gas, and provides ancillary services in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Wholesale and Commercial. Global Partners has a market cap of $354.6 million and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 23.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 38.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Global as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its robust revenue growth -- not just in the most recent periods but in previous quarters as well. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income.

On the positive front, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), Brightpoint Inc ( CELL), Chindex International Inc ( CHDX), and Audiovox Corporation ( VOXX) were all gainers within the wholesale industry with Medco Health Solutions Inc ( MHS) being today's featured wholesale industry winner.

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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