McKesson Inc. (MCK): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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McKesson ( MCK) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, McKesson fell $2.06 (-1.9%) to $104.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,934,679 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,448,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $104.58-$108.16 after having opened the day at $107.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.01. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Nash-Finch Company ( NAFC), down 5.6%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 5.2%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 4.9% and AmerisourceBergen ( ABC), down 4.3%.
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McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 6.3%, Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), down 5.2%, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 5.1% and Watsco ( WSO.B), down 3.6% , were all gainers within the wholesale industry with Magna International ( MGA) being today's featured wholesale industry leader.

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