• Tough Times for the King of Weight Loss

    By Robert Hanley - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, MED, WTW

    Weight Watchers International (NYSE: WTW) may be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, but investors haven’t had much to cheer about lately with the stock price down 19% over the past twelve months.  The company built a global weight loss empire by focusing on face-to-face interactions, starting with the first meeting in founder Jean Nidetch’s apartment in 1963.  Since then, Weight Watchers’ behavioral treatment program has become more »

  • Did Herbalife Silence Its Critics Once and For All?

    By Bob Ciura - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NUS

    There are few stories circulating throughout the financial media garnering as much attention as the ongoing battle between hedge fund managers Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn. Both investors have set their sights on nutritional supplement maker Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). The company, which utilizes a multi-level marketing construct to distribute its namesake weight management and sports nutrition products, has had its very legitimacy called into question by Ackman.

    In the wake more »

  • Three Stocks to Buy on Evolving Business Models

    By Zain Abbas - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, LL, ORLY

    Last week's earnings results were fun to watch, as three of the names blew away expectations, and each redefined their upside potential. What was most intriguing was that two of the three names, O’Reilly Automotive (NASDAQ: ORLY) and Lumber Liquidators (NYSE: LL), trade at relatively high multiples, implying that the market accepts that they are no slouches. The third name, GNC (NYSE: GNC), which actually provided the biggest more »

  • Herbalife Is a Risky Investment

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, VSI

    Not many companies have been surrounded by more controversy over the past year than Herbalife (NYSE: HLF).

    As you might already know, billionaire Bill Ackman bet $1 billion that Herbalife stock would fall, based on the theory that Herbalife was a Ponzi scheme. Billionaire Carl Icahn felt strongly that Ackman was mistaken, and he bet big on Herbalife's stock appreciating.

    While this battle is far from over, so far more »

  • This Health and Wellness Retailer Continues to Impress

    By Mark Yagalla - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, RAD, VSI

    As more consumers become concerned about their health and well-being, companies that cater to this trend are seeing increased demand for their products and services. The primary beneficiary of this trend is nutritional-supplements retailer GNC (NYSE: GNC). Consumers are continuing to buy its products to help lead and build a healthier life. The focus on more natural ingredients has also lead consumers to GNC stores rather than going to their more »

  • Did Vitamin Shoppe's Stock Not Follow General Nutrition Guidelines?

    By Michael Carter - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, VSI, WFM

    More Americans take a nutritional supplement than drink coffee. While coffee is a favorite for 54% of Americans every day, 64% of Americans currently use a vitamin or supplement an average of 6 times per week – up from 60% in 2010. Additionally, organic food sales are predicted to hit $42 billion by 2014 within the US – up from $31.5 billion in 2011. With healthy lifestyles trending higher and the more »

  • A Healthy Investment?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 24, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, GNC, WAG

    GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) has been on a tear since going public. But this seems to be the norm throughout the broader market. As was the case in the late 1990s, you can throw a dart at a list of stocks, and whichever one you land on will likely make you money.

    As long as the Fed's stimulus remains in place, interest rates stay low, and companies cut costs more »

  • Despite Its Legal Battles, Herbalife Enjoys Strong Fundamentals

    By Harriet Tramer - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NUS

    Herbalife (NYSE: HLF) remains embroiled in a widely-publicized stockholders fight that started unfolding at the end of last year when activist investor William Ackman charged that Herbalife’s agreements with distributors represents a pyramid scheme. Repercussions from these entanglements sent Herbalife’s stock plummeting from $43.94 on December 14, 2012 to $26.06 just ten days later.

    However, other companies have faced even more challenging litigation and managed to more »

  • Can Companies that Market Anti-Aging Products Turn Glowing Complexions into Glowing Financial Returns?

    By Harriet Tramer - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NUS

    When Ponce de Leon went searching for the fountain of youth in Florida, he likely gave little thought to any financial gains that might come his way if he actually found it. Today’s investors are, however, generally not that nonchalant about these matters. They expect to earn a profit from the money they invest in companies such as Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: NUS), Herbalife  Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) and more »

  • Billionaire Steven Cohen’s High Upside Potential Picks

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, KORS, SM, RIG, VC

    While the price-to-earnings multiple is a common value metric, one drawback is that it does not account for future earnings growth. A way to correct for this is to use the PEG ratio, which includes both the P/E multiple and analysts' expectations for future growth, although in turn, there is often a good deal of inaccuracy in analyst forecasts.

    We track quarterly 13F filings from hundreds of hedge funds more »

  • GNC's Stock Is Heading Up

    By Bryan Wagman - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, CVS, GNC, WAG

    GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) operates as a retailer of health and wellness products. The company was founded way back in 1935, and has since risen to prominence in the fitness industry. The massive company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, currently has more than 8,200 locations, of which more than 6,200 are in the United States. 

    GNC most recently reported revenue of approximately $2.5 billion. This was accompanied by an more »

  • Is Walgreen Innovating Itself into Oblivion?

    By Paul Sangrey - June 17, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, GNC, RAD, WAG

    Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) was named the to Fast Company's list of Most Innovative Health Companies last year for the second time in only three years. Furthermore, their 2012 Annual Report was filled with new ventures. It bought It launched a pilot program, transforming many of its stores into what it calls "Well Experience stores," where the pharmacists are located in front of the stores. It bring in more »

  • 3 Healthy Additions to Your Growth Stock Portfolio

    By Zachary Scheidt - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, VSI

    American consumers are becoming more health conscious by the day. After a generation of value meals, double whoppers with cheese, and super-size fries, the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle are accumulating. But consumers in the U.S. are now taking steps towards improving their health. 
    recent article in the Huffington Post showed that while obesity is still a major problem, the percentage of Americans who exercise has been increasing more »
  • Billionaire Steve Cohen's Biggest Buys

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GNC, SU, V

    Billionaire Steve Cohen, founder of SAC Capital, has been a hot topic in the news lately surrounding insider trading allegations. His hedge fund has seen redemptions that are expected to take his outside-managed capital down to $1.7 billion by year end from the $6.7 billion at the beginning of the year.

    Even though the future of Cohen and SAC remains uncertain, it doesn't mean that Cohen's more »

  • Supplement Struggles

    By Nathaniel Matherson - June 4, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, VSI

    Shareholders of the Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI) are no doubt scratching there heads after the company's terrible performance so far this year. Shares are down almost 25%, while broader markets have returned double digits on the back of economic strength and loose monetary policies. I stumbled upon this small-cap company while actually purchasing pre-workout from one of the local locations on the recommendation from a friend. Previously, I had more »

  • Want Shares of a Legal Drug Dealer?

    By Chris Hodge - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: CVS, GNC, WAG

    I've been on a drug manufacturer kick lately, but I've gotten to thinking about how many disadvantages they have. While the manufacturer gets the most profit out of a successful drug, they also feel the pain when a lot of their potential drugs never get through clinical trials and have to be dropped. But what about the companies that can sell successful prescriptions or supplements, as well as more »

  • Lose Weight With Herbalife Products and Make Money With the Stock

    By Mark Yagalla - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, NTRI, WTW

    A recent Bloomberg Businessweek article really laid out the inner-workings of Herbalife (NYSE: HLF). Even I had started to wonder if Bill Ackman was right and the company was days away from an FTC investigation. By reading the article and understanding more about the company, I have come to realize that even though some may question its multi-level marketing business and its distributors, underneath is a nutrition company that makes more »

  • Bulking Up Rewards at GNC

    By Adam Levy - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GNC

    After a three-year experiment, where GNC (NYSE: GNC) tweaked its Gold Card membership in select markets, the company expanded the new rewards program to the more than 3,000 U.S. company-owned stores. Usually, a new store membership program is nothing to get excited about, but GNC has one of the best in the biz, and this month, it just got better.

    Key changes

    Under the old Gold Card program more »

  • A Healthy Stock for Your Portfolio

    By Dusan Jovanic - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, HLF, VSI

    In the short time since its IPO in late March 2011, GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) has rewarded its shareholders with hefty gains. The company's stock almost tripled in two years, and the company has experienced strong revenue and earnings growth. GNC is expected to keep introducing new health products, and these products will bring healthy revenue and profit growth.

    Recent developments

    GNC reported earnings of $0.73 for the more »

  • Hey Musclehead! 2 Reasons to Buy GNC Holdings

    By Robert Baillieul - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: GNC, NUS, VSI

    In the middle of a roaring bull market, finding great companies trading at reasonable prices becomes challenging. Top quality names are bid up and investors turn to second and third-rate stocks while hunting for value. 

    Fortunately, there're still some high-caliber plays that haven't run up with the rest of the market. GNC Holdings (NYSE: GNC) is one example. The company is best of breed in the fast growing more »

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