5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Wholesale Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits down 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. A company within the industry that fell today was Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 21.8%.

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

5. United Natural Foods ( UNFI) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, United Natural Foods is up $1.06 (2.2%) to $49.28 on light volume Thus far, 133,016 shares of United Natural Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 387,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $48.03-$49.30 after having opened the day at $48.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.21.

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 $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate United Natural Foods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 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 revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, 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 shows low profit margins. Get the full United Natural Foods Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, MSC Industrial Direct ( MSM) is up $0.92 (1.1%) to $85.24 on light volume Thus far, 82,183 shares of MSC Industrial Direct exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 399,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $84.30-$85.50 after having opened the day at $84.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.33.

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 20.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate MSC Industrial Direct a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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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3. As of noon trading, Henry Schein ( HSIC) is up $0.48 (0.5%) to $91.69 on light volume Thus far, 78,700 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 416,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $90.67-$91.92 after having opened the day at $90.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.21.

Henry Schein, Inc. distributes health care products and services primarily to office-based dental, medical, and animal health care practitioners. It operates in two segments, Health Care Distribution and Technology and Value-Added Services. 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 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.4% 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 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 Henry Schein Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, AmerisourceBergen ( ABC) is up $0.40 (0.8%) to $51.10 on average volume Thus far, 920,791 shares of AmerisourceBergen exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.80-$51.26 after having opened the day at $50.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.71.

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 $11.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate AmerisourceBergen a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is up $0.14 (0.4%) to $35.16 on average volume Thus far, 1.6 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $35.03-$35.34 after having opened the day at $35.06 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.01.

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 $20.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance 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 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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