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GNC Acquisition Holdings Inc (GNC): Today's Featured Services Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

GNC Acquisition Holdings (GNC) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings rose $1.98 (5.3%) to $38.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of GNC Acquisition Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.98-$39.31 after having opened the day at $37.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.99. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: LodgeNet Interactive Corporation (LNET), up 32%, Navarre Corporation (NAVR), up 15.4%, DS Torm (TRMD), up 13.1%, and Newlead Holdings (NEWL), up 12.1%.

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GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. Its products include vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, as well as sports nutrition and diet products. GNC Acquisition Holdings has a market cap of $3.94 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 18.4 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 27.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate GNC Acquisition Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Acquisition Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, Ultrapetrol Bahamas (ULTR), down 12.9%, ENGlobal Corporation (ENG), down 11.5%, China Auto Logistics (CALI), down 11.2%, and China HGS Real Estate (HGSH), down 10.3%, were all laggards within the services sector with Marriott International (MAR) being today's services sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services (IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers (SCC).

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