Omnicare Inc (OCR): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Omnicare ( OCR) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Omnicare rose $0.85 (2.1%) to $42.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,493,997 shares of Omnicare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,076,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.25-$42.01 after having opened the day at $41.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.15. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Lawson Products ( LAWS), up 4.3%, Anixter International ( AXE), up 4.2%, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network ( ANW), up 4.2% and Beacon Roofing Supply ( BECN), up 3.9%.
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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 $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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.

On the negative front, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), down 7.7%, United Stationers ( USTR), down 7.5%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 3.3% and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 3.2% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Henry Schein ( HSIC) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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