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The Wholesale industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6% versus the S&P 500, which was down 1.3%. Laggards within the Wholesale industry included China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), down 2.6%, Coast Distribution System ( CRV), down 7.0%, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 2.0%, Empire Resources ( ERS), down 2.2% and Lawson Products ( LAWS), down 2.2%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Arrow Electronics ( ARW) is one of the companies that pushed the Wholesale industry lower today. Arrow Electronics was down $1.00 (1.8%) to $56.30 on light volume. Throughout the day, 315,875 shares of Arrow Electronics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 479,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.16-$56.99 after having opened the day at $56.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.30.

Arrow Electronics, Inc. provides products, services, and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Global Components and Global Enterprise Computing Solutions. Arrow Electronics has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 1.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 3 analysts who rate Arrow Electronics a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Arrow Electronics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on ARW go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry average. The net income increased by 51.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $96.78 million to $146.86 million.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • ARROW ELECTRONICS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ARROW ELECTRONICS INC reported lower earnings of $3.85 versus $4.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.87 versus $3.85).

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Arrow Electronics Ratings Report

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At the close, Lawson Products ( LAWS) was down $0.58 (2.2%) to $26.11 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24,150 shares of Lawson Products exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.59-$26.69 after having opened the day at $26.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.69.

Lawson Products, Inc. distributes products and services to the industrial, commercial, institutional, and governmental maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) marketplace. Lawson Products has a market cap of $227.4 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Lawson Products as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on LAWS go as follows:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Trading Companies & Distributors industry. The net income has decreased by 23.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $0.60 million to $0.46 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Trading Companies & Distributors industry and the overall market, LAWSON PRODUCTS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.26 million or 56.47% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for LAWSON PRODUCTS is rather high; currently it is at 62.99%. Regardless of LAWS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 0.62% trails the industry average.
  • LAWSON PRODUCTS reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. During the past fiscal year, LAWSON PRODUCTS continued to lose money by earning -$0.81 versus -$7.46 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Lawson Products Ratings Report

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China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR) was another company that pushed the Wholesale industry lower today. China Metro-Rural Holdings was down $0.02 (2.6%) to $0.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 10,218 shares of China Metro-Rural Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.86-$0.90 after having opened the day at $0.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.89.

China Metro-Rural Holdings has a market cap of $65.6 million and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there is 1 analyst who rates China Metro-Rural Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

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