5 Wholesale Stocks Nudging The Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 60 points (0.4%) at 15,029 as of Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 12:54 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,907 issues advancing vs. 994 declining with 159 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Magna International ( MGA) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, Magna International is up $0.59 (0.96) to $62.10 on light volume Thus far, 251,943 shares of Magna International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 674,800 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $61.67-$62.30 after having opened the day at $61.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.51.

Magna International Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and engineers automotive systems and components to original equipment manufacturers primarily in North America, Europe, and internationally. Magna International has a market cap of $14.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Magna International a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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

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4. As of noon trading, Airgas ( ARG) is up $0.96 (0.99) to $97.73 on light volume Thus far, 158,340 shares of Airgas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 528,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $96.79-$97.94 after having opened the day at $97.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.77.

Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of industrial, medical, and specialty gases in the United States. Airgas has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Airgas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Airgas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Airgas Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) is up $0.70 (0.91) to $78.01 on light volume Thus far, 219,289 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 907,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $77.37-$78.19 after having opened the day at $77.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.31.

Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Canada. Genuine Parts Company has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Genuine Parts Company a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Genuine Parts Company Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Rockwell Automation ( ROK) is up $0.63 (0.73) to $86.84 on average volume Thus far, 450,964 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $86.21-$87.09 after having opened the day at $86.53 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.21.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $11.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Rockwell Automation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is up $3.64 (1.46) to $252.17 on light volume Thus far, 131,168 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 392,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $249.02-$252.48 after having opened the day at $249.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $248.53.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. engages in the distribution of maintenance, repair, and operating supplies, as well as other related products and services for businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 22.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.W. Grainger 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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