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

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GNC Holdings ( GNC) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, GNC Holdings fell $0.56 (-1.2%) to $45.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,661,594 shares of GNC Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,991,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.63-$45.92 after having opened the day at $45.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.60. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: SUPERVALU ( SVU), down 6.6%, Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 5.8%, Cache ( CACH), down 5.5% and Destination Maternity ( DEST), down 4.3%.

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 $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate GNC Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GNC Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Body Central ( BODY), up 9.7%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 5.0%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 4.9% and Amazon.com ( AMZN), up 3.9% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Target ( TGT) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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