Omnicare Inc (OCR): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Omnicare ( OCR) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Omnicare rose 34 cents (1.1%) to $31.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Omnicare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.49-$31.90 after having opened the day at $31.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.45. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 11.4%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 8.5%, Staar Surgical ( STAA), up 3.2%, and Tech Data Corporation ( TECD), up 2.4%.

Omnicare, Inc. operates as a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of pharmaceutical care in the United States and Canada. Omnicare has a market cap of $3.57 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24, below the average wholesale industry P/E ratio of 27.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Omnicare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

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

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