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.

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