4 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 up 14 points (0.1%) at 12,892 as of Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,435 issues advancing vs. 1,435 declining with 148 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. MWI Veterinary Supply ( MWIV) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, MWI Veterinary Supply is down $1.76 (-1.5%) to $114.21 on light volume Thus far, 8,836 shares of MWI Veterinary Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 46,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.50-$115.36 after having opened the day at $115.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.97.

MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and the United Kingdom. MWI Veterinary Supply has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 76.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate MWI Veterinary Supply a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MWI Veterinary Supply 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full MWI Veterinary Supply Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is down $0.14 (-0.7%) to $21.36 on average volume Thus far, 858,449 shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.07-$21.51 after having opened the day at $21.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.50.

LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Avnet ( AVT) is down $0.22 (-0.8%) to $29.01 on light volume Thus far, 384,911 shares of Avnet exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.67-$29.06 after having opened the day at $28.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.23.

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 $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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.

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1. As of noon trading, Wesco International ( WCC) is down $0.66 (-1.0%) to $62.83 on average volume Thus far, 327,811 shares of Wesco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 696,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.44-$63.18 after having opened the day at $63.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.49.

WESCO International, Inc., a Fortune 500 company, engages in the distribution of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products; and original equipment manufacturers products and construction materials. Wesco International has a market cap of $2.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Wesco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wesco International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Wesco International Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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