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

GNC Holdings ( GNC) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, GNC Holdings rose $0.51 (1.1%) to $47.29 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,472,803 shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,484,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.85-$47.60 after having opened the day at $46.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.78. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: LightInTheBox Holding Co Ltd ADR ( LITB), up 14.0%, Family Dollar Stores ( FDO), up 7.1%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 6.1% and Dollar General Corporation ( DG), up 5.8%.

GNC Holdings, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of health and wellness products. It operates through three segments: Retail, Franchise, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. GNC Holdings has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 39.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate GNC Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the negative front, RadioShack ( RSH), down 7.2%, U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 7.1%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 4.9% and Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), down 4.9% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Best Buy ( BBY) 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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