Omnicare Inc (OCR): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Omnicare ( OCR) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Omnicare fell 64 cents (-1.9%) to $33.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 929,831 shares of Omnicare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in price between $33.77-$34.60 after having opened the day at $34.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.48. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 10.8%, Grupo Casa Saba S.A.B. de C.V ( SAB), down 9.3%, Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 6.5%, and SED International Holdings ( SED), down 5.3%.
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Omnicare, Inc. operates as a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of pharmaceutical care in the United States and Canada. Omnicare has a market cap of $3.78 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Omnicare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicare as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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