Henry Schein Inc. (HSIC): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

Henry Schein ( HSIC) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Henry Schein rose 69 cents (0.9%) to $75.33 on light volume. Throughout the day, 370,208 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 546,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $74.21-$75.77 after having opened the day at $74.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.64. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 10.9%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 8.9%, SED International Holdings ( SED), up 5.3%, and Senomyx ( SNMX), up 4%.

Henry Schein, Inc. distributes healthcare products and services primarily to office-based healthcare practitioners. It operates in two segments, Healthcare Distribution and Technology. Henry Schein has a market cap of $7.01 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.9, below the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 19.3 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Henry Schein a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Henry Schein as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 13.9%, Watsco ( WSO.B), down 13.2%, Tessco Technologies ( TESS), down 12.6%, and Watsco ( WSO), down 12.2%, were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Sysco Corporation ( SYY) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

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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