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 21 points (-0.1%) at 14,492 as of Monday, March 18, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,220 issues advancing vs. 1,709 declining with 121 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. A company within the industry that increased today was Global Partners ( GLP), up 2.9%.

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

4. MWI Veterinary Supply ( MWIV) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, MWI Veterinary Supply is up $3.50 (2.7%) to $132.74 on average volume Thus far, 37,105 shares of MWI Veterinary Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 53,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $128.13-$133.11 after having opened the day at $128.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $129.24.

MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and the United Kingdom. MWI Veterinary Supply has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate MWI Veterinary Supply a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MWI Veterinary Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth 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 MWI Veterinary Supply Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, MSC Industrial Direct ( MSM) is up $0.69 (0.8%) to $87.71 on light volume Thus far, 97,323 shares of MSC Industrial Direct exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 400,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.13-$87.92 after having opened the day at $86.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.02.

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a direct marketer and distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products to industrial customers in the United States. MSC Industrial Direct has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate MSC Industrial Direct a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MSC Industrial Direct as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full MSC Industrial Direct Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is up $0.10 (0.5%) to $21.20 on light volume Thus far, 672,112 shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.35-$21.26 after having opened the day at $20.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.09.

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 $6.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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 revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Omnicare ( OCR) is up $0.27 (0.7%) to $38.66 on light volume Thus far, 241,114 shares of Omnicare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.96-$38.75 after having opened the day at $38.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.39.

Omnicare, Inc. operates as a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of pharmaceutical care in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Long-Term Care Group and Specialty Care Group. Omnicare has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Omnicare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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