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

GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings fell $1.38 (-3.6%) to $37.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.1 million shares of GNC Acquisition Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $36.81-$38.95 after having opened the day at $38.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.58. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 22.3%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), down 16.6%, Innovaro ( INV), down 15.9%, and Point.360 ( PTSX), down 15.3%.

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 $4.17 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, below the average retail industry P/E ratio of 19.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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 notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. 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, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 23.1%, Lee ( LEE), up 19.6%, LoJack Corporation ( LOJN), up 19.4%, and Innotrac Corporation ( INOC), up 14.5%, were all gainers within the services sector with Lowe's Companies ( LOW) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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