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 0.5%. By the end of trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings rose $1.15 (3.1%) to $38.70 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 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 $36.85-$39.73 after having opened the day at $37.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.55. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: SuperMedia ( SPMD), up 32.2%, Vitamin Shoppe ( VSI), up 15.3%, Quality Distribution ( QLTY), up 13%, and Grand Canyon Education ( LOPE), up 12.2%. 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 $4.01 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.2, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 21.7 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. 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, robust revenue growth and impressive record of earnings per share 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.
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