Sysco Corporation (SYY): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Sysco Corporation ( SYY) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Sysco Corporation rose $0.41 (1.2%) to $35.86 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,609,231 shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,003,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $35.35-$35.88 after having opened the day at $35.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.45. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Aegean Marine Petroleum Network ( ANW), up 11.4%, Universal Power Group ( UPG), up 7.7%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 5.8% and Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), up 4.9%.

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 $21.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sysco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, SED International Holdings ( SED), down 2.5% and Taitron Components Inc. Class A ( TAIT), down 2.2% , 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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