4 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 18 points (-0.1%) at 13,964 as of Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,305 issues advancing vs. 1,524 declining with 153 unchanged.

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

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. United Natural Foods ( UNFI) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, United Natural Foods is down $1.80 (-3.2%) to $54.64 on average volume Thus far, 226,530 shares of United Natural Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 437,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $54.64-$56.00 after having opened the day at $55.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.44.

United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution and retail of natural, organic, and specialty foods, as well as non-food products primarily in the United States and Canada. United Natural Foods has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate United Natural Foods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Natural Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full United Natural Foods Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Magna International ( MGA) is down $0.35 (-0.6%) to $53.66 on light volume Thus far, 182,693 shares of Magna International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 586,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $53.57-$54.01 after having opened the day at $53.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.01.

Magna International Inc. designs, develops, and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules, and components; and engineers and assembles vehicles to original equipment manufacturers of cars and light trucks in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, and Africa. Magna International has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Magna International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Magna International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Magna International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Henry Schein ( HSIC) is down $0.66 (-0.7%) to $88.59 on average volume Thus far, 268,501 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 412,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.06-$89.37 after having opened the day at $88.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $89.25.

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 $8.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Henry Schein a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Henry Schein Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Airgas ( ARG) is down $0.54 (-0.6%) to $97.61 on light volume Thus far, 165,307 shares of Airgas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 559,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $97.44-$98.10 after having opened the day at $98.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.15.

Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of industrial, medical, and specialty gases in the United States. Airgas has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Airgas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Airgas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Airgas Ratings Report now.

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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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