4 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Higher

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 33 points (-0.2%) at 14,002 as of Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,057 issues advancing vs. 1,779 declining with 154 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.5%.

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

4. Arrow Electronics ( ARW) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, Arrow Electronics is up $0.48 (1.2%) to $42.04 on average volume Thus far, 473,230 shares of Arrow Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 769,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $41.60-$42.26 after having opened the day at $41.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.56.

Arrow Electronics, Inc. distributes products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions worldwide. Arrow Electronics has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Arrow Electronics a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

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3. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is up $0.27 (1.2%) to $22.68 on average volume Thus far, 830,876 shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.44-$22.76 after having opened the day at $22.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.41.

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 $6.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 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. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) is up $0.44 (0.6%) to $69.19 on average volume Thus far, 315,370 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 654,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $68.75-$69.64 after having opened the day at $68.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.75.

Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, and Mexico. Genuine Parts Company has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.0, 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 Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Genuine Parts Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Genuine Parts Company Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is up $0.19 (0.6%) to $32.48 on light volume Thus far, 831,181 shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.27-$32.50 after having opened the day at $32.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.29.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $18.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sysco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Sysco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 stocks, 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).

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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