Louisiana-Pacific Corp. (LPX): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Louisiana-Pacific rose $0.82 (4.8%) to $17.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,559,456 shares of Louisiana-Pacific exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,755,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.14-$18.00 after having opened the day at $17.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.08. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 9.1%, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 7.0%, Omnicare ( OCR), up 3.6% and HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), up 3.1%.

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. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Louisiana-Pacific a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Louisiana-Pacific as a hold. 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 and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 6.3%, LB Foster Company ( FSTR), down 3.0%, Speed Commerce ( SPDC), down 2.2% and Olympic Steel ( ZEUS), down 2.2%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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