Cardinal Health Inc (CAH): Today's Featured Wholesale Leader

Cardinal Health ( CAH) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale leader. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Cardinal Health rose 44 cents (1%) to $43.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.09-$43.81 after having opened the day at $43.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.06. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 22.6%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 7.8%, Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), up 6.8%, and Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), up 6.8%.

Cardinal Health, Inc. operates as a healthcare services company that provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $14.79 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 14.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels 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, Nash-Finch Company ( NAFC), down 7.8%, Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 5.6%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 4.2%, and SinoHub ( SIHI), down 3.9%, were all laggards within the wholesale industry with W.W. Grainger ( GWW) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

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