Omnicare Inc (OCR): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Omnicare ( OCR) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Omnicare rose $0.66 (1.1%) to $58.21 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,665,369 shares of Omnicare exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 984,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $57.91-$59.13 after having opened the day at $58.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.55. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 46.3%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 3.8% and Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), up 3.0%.

Omnicare, Inc. operates as a healthcare services company that specializes in the management of pharmaceutical care in the United States and Canada. The company operates in two segments, Long-Term Care Group and Specialty Care Group. Omnicare has a market cap of $5.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 63.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 59.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Omnicare a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Omnicare as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), down 4.8% and Global Partners ( GLP), down 4.3% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with McKesson ( MCK) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

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