3 Stocks Advancing The Wholesale Industry

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Two out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 51 points (-0.3%) at 18,140 as of Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,286 issues advancing vs. 1,726 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Wholesale industry currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.2%.

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

3. United Natural Foods ( UNFI) is one of the companies pushing the Wholesale industry higher today. As of noon trading, United Natural Foods is up $0.92 (1.4%) to $67.52 on average volume. Thus far, 275,162 shares of United Natural Foods exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 440,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $66.80-$67.84 after having opened the day at $67.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.60.

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United Natural Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes and retails natural, organic, and specialty foods, as well as non-food products primarily in the United States and Canada. United Natural Foods has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate United Natural Foods a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Natural Foods as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full United Natural Foods Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, LKQ ( LKQ) is up $0.20 (0.7%) to $27.70 on light volume. Thus far, 427,410 shares of LKQ exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $27.39-$27.79 after having opened the day at $27.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.50.

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LKQ Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, distributes replacement parts, components, and systems used in the repair and maintenance of vehicles in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, Northern France, Canada, Mexico, and Central America. LKQ has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate LKQ a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LKQ as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full LKQ Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Rockwell Automation ( ROK) is up $0.72 (0.6%) to $120.80 on light volume. Thus far, 244,718 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $119.38-$121.19 after having opened the day at $119.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.08.

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Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. The company operates through two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Rockwell Automation 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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