Genuine Parts Company (GPC): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Genuine Parts Company ( GPC) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Genuine Parts Company rose $1.50 (1.8%) to $86.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 642,155 shares of Genuine Parts Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 798,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $84.35-$86.27 after having opened the day at $84.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.68. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Huttig Building Products ( HBP), up 6.2%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), up 5.6%, Addvantage Technologies Group ( AEY), up 4.9% and Wayside Technology Group ( WSTG), up 4.0%.

Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products, and electrical/electronic materials in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Canada. Genuine Parts Company has a market cap of $13.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Genuine Parts Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Genuine Parts Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, United Stationers ( USTR), down 6.1%, Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 4.0%, Speed Commerce ( SPDC), down 3.7% and China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 2.3%.

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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