GNC Acquisition Holdings

(

GNC

) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings fell 20 cents (-0.5%) to $39.55 on light volume. Throughout the day, 836,262 shares of GNC Acquisition Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.17-$39.93 after having opened the day at $39.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.75. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Talbots

(

TLB

), down 41%,

Gaiam

(

GAIA

), down 4.4%,

Christopher & Banks Corporation

(

CBK

), down 4.3%, and

Cache

(

CACH

), down 4.1%.

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 $4.06 billion and is part of the

services

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 22 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 37.3% 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 none rate 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 solid stock price performance, notable return on equity and robust revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has not been very careful in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front,

rue21

(

RUE

), up 6.5%,

Tuesday Morning Corporation

(

TUES

), up 5.5%,

Tilly's

(

TLYS

), up 4.4%, and

Big Lots

(

BIG

), up 4.3%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

eBay

(

EBAY

) being today's featured retail industry winner.

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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