3 Stocks Moving The Wholesale Industry Upward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 22 points (0.1%) at 15,897 as of Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,497 issues advancing vs. 1,411 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. MSC Industrial Direct ( MSM) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, MSC Industrial Direct is up $1.18 (1.5%) to $80.54 on average volume. Thus far, 268,640 shares of MSC Industrial Direct exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 424,100 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.36-$80.67 after having opened the day at $79.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.36.

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, markets and distributes metalworking, and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies primarily in the United States. MSC Industrial Direct has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate MSC Industrial Direct a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MSC Industrial Direct 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, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full MSC Industrial Direct Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Henry Schein ( HSIC) is up $0.79 (0.7%) to $112.19 on light volume. Thus far, 44,516 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 358,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $111.30-$112.42 after having opened the day at $111.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.40.

Henry Schein, Inc. distributes health care products and services primarily to office-based dental, medical, and animal health care practitioners. It operates in two segments, Health Care Distribution and Technology and Value-Added Services. Henry Schein has a market cap of $9.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 38.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Henry Schein a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Henry Schein as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Henry Schein Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) is up $0.46 (2.7%) to $17.77 on heavy volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $17.33-$17.91 after having opened the day at $17.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.31.

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 $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.0, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Louisiana-Pacific Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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