Wesco International Inc. (WCC): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Wesco International ( WCC) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Wesco International fell $1.49 (-2.3%) to $62.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 841,547 shares of Wesco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 746,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $62.33-$64.20 after having opened the day at $63.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.83. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 5%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 3.4%, VOXX International ( VOXX), down 2.8%, and Newport Corporation ( NEWP), down 2.7%.
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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 $2.81 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Wesco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate 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.

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