4 Stocks Moving The Wholesale Industry Upward

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 91 points (-0.6%) at 15,838 as of Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 929 issues advancing vs. 2,026 declining with 145 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.4%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 4 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

4. Airgas ( ARG) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, Airgas is up $1.22 (1.1%) to $108.65 on light volume. Thus far, 104,386 shares of Airgas exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 347,600 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $106.63-$108.84 after having opened the day at $107.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.43.

Airgas, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies industrial, medical and specialty gases, and hardgoods. The company operates through two business segments, Distribution and All Other Operations. Airgas has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Airgas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Airgas as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Airgas Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, LKQ Corporation ( LKQ) is up $0.28 (1.1%) to $26.90 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of LKQ Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $26.27-$27.09 after having opened the day at $26.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.62.

LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides replacement parts, components, and systems needed to repair vehicles, primarily cars and trucks in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ Corporation has a market cap of $7.9 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate LKQ Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full LKQ Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Rockwell Automation ( ROK) is up $0.86 (0.8%) to $115.87 on heavy volume. Thus far, 627,316 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 704,300 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $114.27-$118.03 after having opened the day at $117.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $115.01.

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 down 2.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Rockwell Automation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, W.W. Grainger ( GWW) is up $1.93 (0.8%) to $239.79 on light volume. Thus far, 154,085 shares of W.W. Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 421,700 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $235.89-$240.49 after having opened the day at $235.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $237.86.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. distributes maintenance, repair, and operating supplies, as well as other related products and services for businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. W.W. Grainger has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate W.W. Grainger a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates W.W. Grainger as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full W.W. Grainger Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 4 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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