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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