Cardinal Health Inc (CAH): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Cardinal Health ( CAH) 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, Cardinal Health rose $0.59 (1.4%) to $44.39 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,914,750 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,580,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.92-$44.43 after having opened the day at $43.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.80. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Owens & Minor ( OMI), up 6.0%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 5.8%, Olympic Steel ( ZEUS), up 5.1% and Nash-Finch Company ( NAFC), up 3.5%.
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Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $14.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 8.7%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 4.1%, Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), down 3.8% and MWI Veterinary Supply ( MWIV), down 2.9%.

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