Rockwell Automation Inc (ROK): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Rockwell Automation ( ROK) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation rose $2.48 (2.2%) to $116.51 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,119,182 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 693,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $113.89-$117.11 after having opened the day at $114.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $114.03. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Wesco Aircraft Holdings ( WAIR), up 6.5%, Chefs Warehouse Holdings ( CHEF), up 5.5%, Houston Wire & Cable Company ( HWCC), up 4.6% and Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 4.3%.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $15.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods 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 35.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 12.3%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 11.4%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 5.2% and Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with W.W. Grainger ( GWW) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

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