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

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GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, GNC Acquisition Holdings fell 59 cents (-1.6%) to $35.37 on average 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 price between $35.16-$36.14 after having opened the day at $36.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $35.96. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 6%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 3.9%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 2.7%, and ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 2%.
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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 $3.61 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% 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 two 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, 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 positive front, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), up 8.8%, New York & Company ( NWY), up 7.5%, Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel ( BSI), up 7%, and Harris Teeter Supermarkets ( HTSI), up 6.6%, were all gainers within the retail industry with Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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