5 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 15 points (0.1%) at 12,980 as of Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,319 issues advancing vs. 1,553 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

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

5. Patterson Companies ( PDCO) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, Patterson Companies is down $0.60 (-1.8%) to $33.41 on light volume Thus far, 247,848 shares of Patterson Companies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 691,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $33.40-$34.20 after having opened the day at $34.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.01.

Patterson Companies, Inc. distributes dental, veterinary, and rehabilitation supplies. Patterson Companies has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Patterson Companies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Henry Schein ( HSIC) is down $0.74 (-0.9%) to $79.93 on average volume Thus far, 212,086 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 433,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.87-$81.40 after having opened the day at $80.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $80.67.

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 $7.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Henry Schein a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 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, solid stock price performance 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 Henry Schein Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Omnicare ( OCR) is down $0.46 (-1.3%) to $35.39 on average volume Thus far, 433,514 shares of Omnicare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.37-$35.89 after having opened the day at $35.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.85.

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 $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Omnicare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Omnicare Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is down $0.18 (-0.8%) to $21.60 on light volume Thus far, 375,453 shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.46-$21.86 after having opened the day at $21.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.78.

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 $6.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 44.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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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1. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is down $0.16 (-0.5%) to $31.37 on light volume Thus far, 928,400 shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $31.35-$31.61 after having opened the day at $31.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.53.

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 $18.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates 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, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels 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.

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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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