4 Stocks Underperforming Today In The Wholesale Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 52 points (-0.4%) at 14,567 as of Thursday, April 18, 2013, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,288 issues advancing vs. 1,600 declining with 135 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.48.

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

4. MSC Industrial Direct ( MSM) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, MSC Industrial Direct is down $1.59 (-2.0%) to $76.51 on average volume Thus far, 185,081 shares of MSC Industrial Direct exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 384,400 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.47-$78.37 after having opened the day at $78.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.10.

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 $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates MSC Industrial Direct 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, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full MSC Industrial Direct Ratings Report now.

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