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

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.

On the negative front, Carrols Restaurant Group ( TAST), down 70.6%, Peoples Educational Holdings ( PEDH), down 31.9%, Furmanite Corporation ( FRM), down 25%, and Millennial Media ( MM), down 14.6%, were all losers within the services sector with Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) being today's services sector loser.

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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