Hain Celestial Group Inc. (HAIN): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Hain Celestial Group ( HAIN) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Hain Celestial Group fell $3.82 (-4.6%) to $79.85 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 896,155 shares of Hain Celestial Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 581,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.59-$83.70 after having opened the day at $83.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.67. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Chefs Warehouse Holdings ( CHEF), down 2.6%, Addvantage Technologies Group ( AEY), down 2.3%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 1.9% and LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), down 1.9%.

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells organic and natural products. Hain Celestial Group has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 31.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 54.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Hain Celestial Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hain Celestial Group 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, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 8.1%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 5.7%, Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), up 3.8% and LB Foster Company ( FSTR), up 2.6%.

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