5 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 10 points (-0.1%) at 13,082 as of Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, 1:34 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,351 issues advancing vs. 1,574 declining with 129 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. United Natural Foods ( UNFI) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, United Natural Foods is up $1.34 (2.5%) to $54.34 on light volume Thus far, 72,296 shares of United Natural Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 297,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.77-$54.35 after having opened the day at $52.80 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.00.

United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and retail of natural, organic, and specialty foods, as well as non-food products primarily in the United States and Canada. United Natural Foods has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate United Natural Foods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Natural Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full United Natural Foods Ratings Report now.

4. As of noon trading, Arrow Electronics ( ARW) is up $0.63 (1.8%) to $36.71 on light volume Thus far, 394,870 shares of Arrow Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 710,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.90-$36.88 after having opened the day at $36.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.08.

Arrow Electronics, Inc. distributes products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions worldwide. Arrow Electronics has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Arrow Electronics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Arrow Electronics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Arrow Electronics Ratings Report now.

3. As of noon trading, Magna International ( MGA) is up $0.27 (0.6%) to $45.29 on light volume Thus far, 300,751 shares of Magna International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 621,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $44.60-$45.63 after having opened the day at $44.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.02.

Magna International Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineers and assembles vehicles to original equipment manufacturers of cars and light trucks in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. Magna International has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Magna International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Magna International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Magna International Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Henry Schein ( HSIC) is up $1.32 (1.8%) to $75.82 on light volume Thus far, 278,862 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 377,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.27-$75.91 after having opened the day at $74.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.50.

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 $6.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Henry Schein a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Henry Schein Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Avnet ( AVT) is up $0.52 (1.8%) to $29.90 on light volume Thus far, 435,969 shares of Avnet exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $29.37-$30.17 after having opened the day at $29.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.38.

Avnet, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products, and embedded subsystems in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Avnet has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Avnet a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avnet as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Avnet Ratings Report now.

If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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