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

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GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings rose $1.08 (3.2%) to $34.56 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 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 $33.03-$34.76 after having opened the day at $33.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.48. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 5.4%, Conn's ( CONN), up 2.9%, Tuesday Morning Corporation ( TUES), up 2.5%, and GameStop ( GME), up 2.3%.
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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 $3.57 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate GNC Acquisition Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 7.2%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 5.2%, Jones Group ( JNY), down 5%, and Guess ( GES), down 4.8%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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