Henry Schein Inc. (HSIC): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Henry Schein ( HSIC) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Henry Schein fell $1.33 (-1.1%) to $116.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 466,844 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 349,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $116.11-$117.32 after having opened the day at $117.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.53. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 6.8%, Amcon Distributing Company ( DIT), down 3.5% and Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 1.8%.

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 $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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.

On the positive front, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 32.5%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 5.3%, Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), up 4.3% and Forward Industries ( FORD), up 4.2% , were all gainers within the wholesale industry with Cardinal Health ( CAH) being today's featured wholesale industry leader.

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