AXE, LKQ, GWW, MCK And CAH, Pushing Wholesale Industry Downward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 26 points (0.2%) at 15,572 as of Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,636 issues advancing vs. 1,285 declining with 117 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.1%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. Anixter International ( AXE) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, Anixter International is down $2.14 (-2.6%) to $79.35 on heavy volume. Thus far, 427,308 shares of Anixter International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 254,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $76.99-$80.35 after having opened the day at $77.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.49.

Anixter International Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes enterprise cabling and security solutions, electrical and electronic wire and cable products, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) supply fasteners, and other small parts. Anixter International has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 27.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Anixter International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Anixter International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations 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 Anixter International Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is down $0.19 (-0.7%) to $25.81 on light volume. Thus far, 257,095 shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $25.66-$25.99 after having opened the day at $25.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.00.

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 $7.7 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are up 22.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate LKQ Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins 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 disappointing return on equity. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is down $2.44 (-0.9%) to $259.16 on light volume. Thus far, 103,082 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 300,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $258.73-$262.50 after having opened the day at $262.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $261.60.

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 $18.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 29.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 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 growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. Get the full W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, McKesson ( MCK) is down $0.59 (-0.5%) to $117.97 on light volume. Thus far, 351,623 shares of McKesson exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $117.61-$118.78 after having opened the day at $118.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.56.

McKesson Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, delivers pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and health care information technologies to the healthcare industry primarily in the United States. It operates in two segments, McKesson Distribution Solutions and McKesson Technology Solutions. McKesson has a market cap of $27.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate McKesson a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates McKesson as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, 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 sub par growth in net income. Get the full McKesson Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Cardinal Health ( CAH) is down $0.28 (-0.5%) to $50.24 on light volume. Thus far, 441,624 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $50.15-$50.64 after having opened the day at $50.64 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.52.

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 $17.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Cardinal Health 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).

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