GNC (GNC) Receiving Somewhat Positive Press Coverage, Analysis Finds

News articles about GNC (NYSE:GNC) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. Accern scores the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. GNC earned a coverage optimism score of 0.12 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the specialty retailer an impact score of 46.7691814471191 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s analysis:

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Tennis: Wykons win first GNC title since 1986 (ironmountaindailynews.com) Track and field: Kingsford girls win GNC title (ironmountaindailynews.com) Marquettes Tyler Bergwall named top Great Northern Conference boys golfer (miningjournal.net) Golf: Escanaba sweeps GNC titles (ironmountaindailynews.com) With China, Australia ventures, GNC moves to strengthen its balance sheet (msn.com)

GNC traded down $0.10 during trading on Friday, reaching $3.30. 1,438,200 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,110,870. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of -5.93, a quick ratio of 0.49 and a current ratio of 1.50. The company has a market cap of $276.09 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 2.44 and a beta of 0.85. GNC has a 1 year low of $3.08 and a 1 year high of $10.95.

GNC (NYSE:GNC) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, April 26th. The specialty retailer reported $0.24 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.22 by $0.02. GNC had a negative return on equity of 84.23% and a negative net margin of 6.89%. The company had revenue of $607.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $573.32 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.37 earnings per share. GNC’s quarterly revenue was down 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that GNC will post 0.87 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on GNC. Zacks Investment Research upgraded GNC from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, March 5th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. decreased their price target on GNC from $7.00 to $6.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Finally, Barclays decreased their price target on GNC from $4.50 to $3.50 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, April 27th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $6.25.

About 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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