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 up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Omnicare fell 46 cents (-1.3%) to $35.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Omnicare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $35.10-$36.24 after having opened the day at $36.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.98. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: 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%.
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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 $4.01 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four 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 notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the wholesale industry with Cardinal Health ( CAH) being today's featured wholesale industry leader.

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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