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

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Wesco International ( WCC) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Wesco International fell $0.86 (-1.1%) to $77.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 558,496 shares of Wesco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 543,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.75-$78.71 after having opened the day at $78.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.35. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), down 9.2%, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network ( ANW), down 2.1%, Peerless Systems Corporation ( PRLS), down 2.0% and Taitron Components Inc. Class A ( TAIT), down 2.0%.

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 $3.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 16.4% 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, attractive valuation levels, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, United Natural Foods ( UNFI), up 12.9%, SED International Holdings ( SED), up 7.7%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 5.4% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 3.5% , were all gainers within the wholesale industry with Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) being today's featured wholesale industry leader.

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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