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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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings rose $1.71 (5%) to $36.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of GNC Acquisition Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $34.33-$36.60 after having opened the day at $34.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.54. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: China Yida ( CNYD), up 17.4%, Best Buy ( BBY), up 16.4%, Radio One ( ROIA), up 16%, and China Armco Metals ( CNAM), up 11.1%.

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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 $3.34 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven 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 increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 41.2%, LodgeNet Interactive Corporation ( LNET), down 32.6%, DLH Holdings ( DLHC), down 17.2%, and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 12.6%, were all laggards within the services sector with Kohl's ( KSS) 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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