Cardinal Health Inc (CAH): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Cardinal Health ( CAH) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Cardinal Health rose $0.58 (1.2%) to $47.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,701,881 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,712,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.03-$47.82 after having opened the day at $47.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.09. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 6.5%, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network ( ANW), up 6.1%, Coast Distribution System ( CRV), up 3.6% and Magna International ( MGA), up 2.9%.
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Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 7.5%, Taitron Components Inc. Class A ( TAIT), down 6.7%, Global Partners ( GLP), down 5.0% and Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), down 1.8% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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).

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