Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Genuine Parts Company fell 47 cents (-0.8%) to $56.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 899,344 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.30-$57.56 after having opened the day at $57.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.07. Other company's within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: CE Franklin ( CFK), down 2.4%, Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite ( LPH), down 2.2%, Educational Development Corporation ( EDUC), down 2.1%, and Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc ( ANW), down 2%.

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 $8.97 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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 positive front, Taitron Components Inc ( TAIT), up 8.2%, Shengkai Innovations Inc ( VALV), up 6.8%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 5.6%, and DXP Enterprises Inc ( DXPE), up 4.5%, 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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