3 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 30 points (-0.2%) at 15,089 as of Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,245 issues advancing vs. 1,704 declining with 112 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits down 0.18 versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Rockwell Automation ( ROK) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, Rockwell Automation is up $0.66 (0.75) to $88.58 on light volume Thus far, 377,196 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 $87.53-$88.70 after having opened the day at $87.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $87.92.

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 $12.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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2. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is up $1.39 (0.54) to $257.94 on light volume Thus far, 134,264 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 376,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $256.29-$259.50 after having opened the day at $257.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $256.55.

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 $17.5 billion and is part of the services 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 24.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Sysco Corporation ( SYY) is up $0.22 (0.64) to $34.42 on light volume Thus far, 1.4 million shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $34.16-$34.53 after having opened the day at $34.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.20.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and distribution of a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sysco Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share. Get the full Sysco Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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