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GNC Holdings Inc (GNC): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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GNC Holdings ( GNC) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, GNC Holdings fell $0.95 (-1.7%) to $54.70 on light volume. Throughout the day, 795,162 shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,108,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $54.57-$55.75 after having opened the day at $55.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.65. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Village Super Market ( VLGEA), down 6.4%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 3.2%, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), down 2.8% and Luxottica Group ( LUX), down 2.3%.

GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. It operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. GNC Holdings has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 61.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate GNC Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue 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 positive front, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 17.1%, Acorn International ( ATV), up 10.3%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 8.5% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 8.1% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Macy's ( M) being today's featured retail industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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