LKQ Corporation (LKQ): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, LKQ Corporation rose 38 cents (1.6%) to $23.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of two million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $22.84-$23.43 after having opened the day at $23.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Coast Distribution System ( CRV), up 5.1%, Avnet ( AVT), up 3.1%, Taitron Components ( TAIT), up 3%, and MWI Veterinary Supply ( MWIV), up 2.9%.
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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 $6.74 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.7, above 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 Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two 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, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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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