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

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GNC Holdings ( GNC) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, GNC Holdings rose $0.56 (1.1%) to $53.88 on light volume. Throughout the day, 824,266 shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,200,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.67-$53.90 after having opened the day at $53.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.32. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 6.1%, CDW ( CDW), up 4.2%, Ascena Retail Group ( ASNA), up 3.7% and Sprouts Farmers Market ( SFM), up 3.6%.

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 $5.0 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 58.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 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 solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. 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, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), down 7.5%, BioScrip ( BIOS), down 6.0%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 5.8% and Conn's ( CONN), down 3.5% , were all laggards within the retail industry with J.C. Penney ( JCP) 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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