5 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 32 points (0.2%) at 14,286 as of Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 11:50 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,509 issues advancing vs. 1,334 declining with 158 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. A company within the industry that increased today was Tech Data Corporation ( TECD), up 3.4%. A company within the industry that fell today was LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 1.0%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Arrow Electronics ( ARW) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, Arrow Electronics is up $0.53 (1.3%) to $40.41 on light volume Thus far, 139,468 shares of Arrow Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 856,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.84-$40.41 after having opened the day at $40.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.88.

Arrow Electronics, Inc. provides products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions worldwide. It operates in two segments, Global Components and Global Enterprise Computing Solutions. Arrow Electronics has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% 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 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. Get the full Arrow Electronics Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Avnet ( AVT) is up $0.61 (1.8%) to $35.56 on average volume Thus far, 725,221 shares of Avnet exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.05-$35.56 after having opened the day at $35.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.95.

Avnet, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products, and embedded subsystems in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Avnet has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Avnet a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avnet as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels 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. Get the full Avnet Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Airgas ( ARG) is up $0.64 (0.6%) to $102.02 on light volume Thus far, 109,132 shares of Airgas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 532,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $101.43-$102.40 after having opened the day at $101.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $101.38.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 solid stock price performance. 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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2. As of noon trading, AmerisourceBergen ( ABC) is up $0.36 (0.8%) to $48.63 on light volume Thus far, 477,927 shares of AmerisourceBergen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.27-$48.80 after having opened the day at $48.44 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.27.

AmerisourceBergen Corporation, a pharmaceutical services company, provides drug distribution and related services to healthcare providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers primarily in the United States and Canada. AmerisourceBergen has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate AmerisourceBergen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AmerisourceBergen as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income 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 AmerisourceBergen Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is up $0.57 (0.5%) to $108.96 on average volume Thus far, 667,226 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $108.40-$109.47 after having opened the day at $108.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $108.39.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $25.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 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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