Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Louisiana-Pacific fell $0.51 (-2.8%) to $17.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,380,179 shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,322,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.39-$18.06 after having opened the day at $17.96 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.02. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 8.8%, Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 5.6%, Aegean Marine Petroleum Network ( ANW), down 5.5% and Lawson Products ( LAWS), down 3.6%.

Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in manufacturing and distributing building products for new home construction, repair and remodeling, manufactured housing, and light industrial and commercial construction. Louisiana-Pacific has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 6.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Chefs Warehouse Holdings ( CHEF), up 8.8%, SED International Holdings ( SED), up 3.7%, Spartan Stores ( SPTN), up 2.5% and Nash-Finch Company ( NAFC), up 2.5%.

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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