3 Stocks Dragging In The Wholesale Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 37 points (0.2%) at 16,943 as of Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 12:45 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,468 issues advancing vs. 1,471 declining with 161 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. MSC Industrial Direct ( MSM) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry lower today. As of noon trading, MSC Industrial Direct is down $3.76 (-4.0%) to $89.62 on heavy volume. Thus far, 678,564 shares of MSC Industrial Direct exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 329,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.09-$91.67 after having opened the day at $90.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.38.

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc., together with its subsidiaries, markets and distributes metalworking, and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) supplies primarily in the United States. MSC Industrial Direct has a market cap of $4.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 15.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate MSC Industrial Direct a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates MSC Industrial Direct as a buy. 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full MSC Industrial Direct Ratings Report now.

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