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Looking For a Stock That’s Going Up?

GNC Holdings Inc.’s stock has been rising since its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in April 2011. It started off at $16.75 and has risen to 28.65 over the past 8 months. That’s a 75% gain in 8 months. Could be worse!

GNC Holdings is a retail marketer of health and wellness products. GNC markets minerals, vitamins, herbal supplements, diet products, sports nutrition products etc. GNC markets its products under proprietary brands such as Mega Men, Longevity Factors, Ultra Mega, Pro Performance and GNC Wellbeing. The company has about 7,300 locations: 5,600 are retail stores (including 895 franchise operations and 2029 rite-aid store within a store). There are also franchise stores in 48 countries.

GNC has a market cap of $3.03 billion and an enterprise value of $3.79 billion. Regarding profit, the operating margin is 13.69% and the profit margin is 5.68%. Regarding management effectiveness, the return on assets is 7.06% and the return on equity is 12.70%.  In addition, quarterly revenue growth, year over year, is 15.50%. This company looks solid and, as I said, the stock has been going up for 8 months.

Some of the managers of GNC are: Jeffrey Hennion, Amy Lane, Thomas Dowd and Joe Fortunato.

Disclaimer: The information in this article is insufficient to base investment decisions on. All decisions should be based on a thorough analysis of the investment.

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