Shares of GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC) were up 3.6% on Friday . The company traded as high as $3.80 and last traded at $3.73. Approximately 85,919 shares traded hands during trading, a decline of 93% from the average daily volume of 1,210,002 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.60.

A number of analysts have recently weighed in on GNC shares. Zacks Investment Research lowered GNC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 10th. Morgan Stanley started coverage on GNC in a research note on Wednesday, May 30th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $3.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Barclays reissued a “sell” rating and set a $3.00 price objective on shares of GNC in a research note on Friday, July 27th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $5.50.

The company has a market cap of $242.44 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 2.78 and a beta of 0.64. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -6.30, a current ratio of 1.52 and a quick ratio of 0.50.

GNC (NYSE:GNC) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 26th. The specialty retailer reported $0.20 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.14 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $617.94 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $607.70 million. GNC had a negative return on equity of 57.85% and a negative net margin of 7.06%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.42 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that GNC Holdings Inc will post 0.48 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Clinton Group Inc. bought a new position in shares of GNC during the second quarter valued at approximately $105,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of GNC by 188.4% during the first quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 33,539 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $129,000 after acquiring an additional 21,909 shares in the last quarter. Hartford Investment Management Co. bought a new position in shares of GNC during the second quarter valued at approximately $176,000. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. raised its holdings in shares of GNC by 301.7% during the first quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 57,532 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $222,000 after acquiring an additional 43,209 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd raised its holdings in shares of GNC by 129.1% during the first quarter. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd now owns 74,780 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $288,000 after acquiring an additional 42,134 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 47.63% of the company’s stock.

About GNC (NYSE:GNC)

GNC Holdings, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of health, wellness, and performance products. It operates through three segments: U.S. and Canada, International, and Manufacturing/Wholesale. Its products include protein, performance supplements, weight management supplements, vitamins, herbs and greens, wellness supplements, health and beauty, food and drink, and other general merchandise.

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