3 Stocks Driving The Wholesale Industry Higher

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 8 points (0.0%) at 17,140 as of Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,738 issues advancing vs. 1,242 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that increased today was Airgas ( ARG), up 0.5%. A company within the industry that fell today was LKQ ( LKQ), up 0.9%.

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

3. Wesco International ( WCC) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, Wesco International is up $1.22 (1.5%) to $83.10 on average volume. Thus far, 213,560 shares of Wesco International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 403,900 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $82.15-$83.15 after having opened the day at $82.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.88.

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WESCO International, Inc. distributes electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) products; and original equipment manufacturers products and construction materials in North America and internationally. Wesco International has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 10.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate Wesco International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Wesco International 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, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Wesco International Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Henry Schein ( HSIC) is up $0.88 (0.8%) to $117.57 on heavy volume. Thus far, 334,195 shares of Henry Schein exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 378,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $116.45-$117.73 after having opened the day at $117.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $116.70.

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Henry Schein, Inc. distributes health care products and services worldwide. It operates in two segments, Health Care Distribution, and Technology and Value-Added Services. Henry Schein has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts who rate Henry Schein a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Henry Schein 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, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Henry Schein Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, W W Grainger ( GWW) is up $1.63 (0.7%) to $250.30 on light volume. Thus far, 149,067 shares of W W Grainger exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 411,500 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $249.14-$250.67 after having opened the day at $249.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $248.67.

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W.W. Grainger, Inc. operates as a distributor of maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) supplies; and other related products and services that are used by businesses and institutions in the United States and Canada. W W Grainger has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.6% 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 6 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full W W Grainger Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 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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