Wesco International Inc. (WCC): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Wesco International ( WCC) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Wesco International rose $0.92 (1.2%) to $77.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 522,887 shares of Wesco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 547,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.19-$77.96 after having opened the day at $76.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.00. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 25.0%, Chefs Warehouse Holdings ( CHEF), up 7.0%, Navarre Corporation ( NAVR), up 6.0% and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 5.8%.

WESCO International, Inc. engages in the distribution of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products; and original equipment manufacturers products and construction materials. It also provides supply chain management and logistics services. Wesco International has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 12.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Wesco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wesco International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Edgen Group ( EDG), down 6.9%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 6.7%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 4.0% and SED International Holdings ( SED), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Arrow Electronics ( ARW) 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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