Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Genuine Parts Company rose 99 cents (1.7%) to $57.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 828,903 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.39-$58.18 after having opened the day at $57.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.86. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc ( ANW), up 10.3%, Nash-Finch Company ( NAFC), up 8.6%, Bluelinx Holdings Inc ( BXC), up 4.7%, and Olympic Steel ( ZEUS), up 4.4%.

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 $9.13 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.8% 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 revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Shengkai Innovations Inc ( VALV), down 20.4%, SMF Energy Corporation ( FUEL), down 4.4%, SinoHub Inc ( SIHI), down 4.2%, and China Auto Logistics Inc ( CALI), down 2.6%, were all losers within the wholesale industry with Tech Data Corporation ( TECD) 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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