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

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Cardinal Health ( CAH) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Cardinal Health fell 71 cents (-1.8%) to $38.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.88-$39.45 after having opened the day at $39.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.69. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 18.7%, Westinghouse Solar ( WEST), down 8.9%, Taitron Components ( TAIT), down 5%, and Lawson Products ( LAWS), down 3.5%.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $13.49 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, equal to the average wholesale industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, SinoHub ( SIHI), up 23.2%, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), up 6.8%, Navarre Corporation ( NAVR), up 3.5%, and Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 3.4%, were all gainers within the wholesale industry with McKesson ( MCK) being today's featured wholesale industry leader.

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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