3 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Lower

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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 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Airgas ( ARG) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, Airgas is down $0.53 (-0.6%) to $88.75 on light volume Thus far, 364,596 shares of Airgas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 511,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.18-$89.22 after having opened the day at $88.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.28.

Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of industrial, medical, and specialty gases in the United States. Airgas has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Airgas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Airgas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Airgas Ratings Report now.

2. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is down $0.63 (-2.0%) to $30.71 on average volume Thus far, 3.0 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.45-$30.88 after having opened the day at $30.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.34.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sysco Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, 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 Sysco Corporation Ratings Report now.

1. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health ( CAH) is down $0.57 (-1.4%) to $40.53 on light volume Thus far, 1.0 million shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $40.46-$41.09 after having opened the day at $40.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.10.

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 $14.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Cardinal Health 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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