Sysco Corporation (SYY): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Sysco Corporation ( SYY) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Sysco Corporation rose $0.74 (2.2%) to $34.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,387,595 shares of Sysco Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,744,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.79-$34.31 after having opened the day at $33.85 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.57. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Global Partners ( GLP), up 4.5%, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ), up 4.2%, VOXX International ( VOXX), up 3.8% and Wesco International ( WCC), up 3.6%.

Sysco Corporation, through its subsidiaries, markets and distributes a range of food and related products primarily to the foodservice or food-away-from-home industry. Sysco Corporation has a market cap of $19.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sysco Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sysco Corporation 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, increase in stock price during the past year and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 12.6%, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 6.3%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 6.1% and Commercial Vehicle Group ( CVGI), down 2.9%.

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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