USTR, TECD, IM And BECN, 4 Wholesale Stocks Pushing The Industry Lower

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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 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. United Stationers ( USTR) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, United Stationers is down $0.52 (-1.3%) to $38.63 on light volume Thus far, 32,622 shares of United Stationers exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 206,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.63-$39.24 after having opened the day at $39.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.15.

United Stationers Inc. engages in the wholesale distribution of business products in North America. United Stationers has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates United Stationers a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Stationers as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full United Stationers Ratings Report now.

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