Genuine Parts Company (GPC): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Genuine Parts Company fell 78 cents (-1.2%) to $62.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 555,202 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 739,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.71-$64.39 after having opened the day at $63.84 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.60. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 7.6%, Longwei Petroleum Investment Holding Limite ( LPH), down 6.7%, Chindex International ( CHDX), down 6.2%, and Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 6%.
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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 $9.71 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Genuine Parts Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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