MWIV, BECN, AVT And LKQ, Pushing Wholesale Industry Downward

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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 4 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

4. MWI Veterinary Supply ( MWIV) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, MWI Veterinary Supply is down $2.81 (-2.3%) to $117.82 on light volume Thus far, 22,807 shares of MWI Veterinary Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 62,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.79-$120.39 after having opened the day at $120.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.63.

MWI Veterinary Supply, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the distribution of animal health products to veterinarians in the United States and the United Kingdom. MWI Veterinary Supply has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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

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3. As of noon trading, Beacon Roofing Supply ( BECN) is down $0.62 (-1.6%) to $38.17 on average volume Thus far, 256,616 shares of Beacon Roofing Supply exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 393,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $38.01-$38.79 after having opened the day at $38.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.79.

Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. distributes residential and non-residential roofing materials to contractors, home builders, building owners, and other resellers. Beacon Roofing Supply has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Beacon Roofing Supply as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels 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 Beacon Roofing Supply Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Avnet ( AVT) is down $0.20 (-0.6%) to $32.63 on light volume Thus far, 209,966 shares of Avnet exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 888,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $32.54-$32.98 after having opened the day at $32.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.83.

Avnet, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products, and embedded subsystems in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Avnet has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Avnet as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Avnet Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is down $0.14 (-0.6%) to $24.71 on light volume Thus far, 447,837 shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $24.59-$24.96 after having opened the day at $24.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.85.

LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full LKQ Corporation 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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