3 Stocks Pushing The Wholesale Industry Lower

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 68 points (0.4%) at 15,371 as of Thursday, May 30, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,814 issues advancing vs. 1,135 declining with 104 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.5%. A company within the industry that increased today was McKesson ( MCK), up 0.45.

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

3. Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific is down $0.41 (-2.2%) to $17.92 on average volume Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.92-$18.51 after having opened the day at $18.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.33.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Airgas ( ARG) is down $0.73 (-0.7%) to $103.04 on light volume Thus far, 53,455 shares of Airgas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 508,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $103.01-$104.00 after having opened the day at $103.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $103.77.

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 $7.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Airgas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. 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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1. As of noon trading, Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) is down $0.46 (-0.6%) to $79.13 on average volume Thus far, 320,168 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 826,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.09-$80.17 after having opened the day at $79.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.59.

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 $12.7 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Genuine Parts Company Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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