Cardinal Health Inc (CAH): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Cardinal Health ( CAH) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Cardinal Health fell $0.99 (-1.5%) to $66.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,363,190 shares of Cardinal Health exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,051,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $66.71-$67.84 after having opened the day at $67.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.95. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Crystal Rock Holdings ( CRVP), down 5.9%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 5.3%, Huttig Building Products ( HBP), down 4.9% and Avnet ( AVT), down 3.6%.

Cardinal Health, Inc., a healthcare services company, provides pharmaceutical and medical products and services in the United States and internationally. The company operates in two segments, Pharmaceutical and Medical. Cardinal Health has a market cap of $23.2 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 57.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Cardinal Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cardinal Health as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Watsco ( WSO.B), up 28.5%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 17.1%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 3.4% and Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 3.2% , were all gainers within the wholesale industry with McKesson ( MCK) being today's featured wholesale industry leader.

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