Cardinal Health Inc (CAH): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Cardinal Health ( CAH) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Cardinal Health rose 46 cents (1.1%) to $40.90 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $40.35-$40.91 after having opened the day at $40.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.44. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Grupo Casa Saba S.A.B. de C.V ( SAB), up 12.5%, Coast Distribution System ( CRV), up 5.7%, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), up 4%, and Amcon Distributing Company ( DIT), up 3.6%.
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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 $13.72 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two 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.

On the negative front, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 11.1%, China Armco Metals ( CNAM), down 4.5%, Nash-Finch Company ( NAFC), down 4.2%, and Edgen Group Inc Class A ( EDG), down 3.5%, were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Omnicare ( OCR) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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