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February 14, 2014
10:42 EDTGNC, VITC, VSIGNC Holdings plummets after profit outlook disappoints
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), a health and wellness products retailer, are plunging after the company’s fourth quarter results missed estimates and it forecast much weaker than expected full year profit. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, GNC Holdings reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 63c and revenue of $613.7M, compared to expectations of 64c and $631.5M, respectively. Same store sales increased 5.0% in domestic company-owned stores in Q4. In domestic franchise locations, same store sales increased 3.3%. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast fiscal 2014 profit of $3.18-$3.25, far below consensus of $3.46. GNC expects a high single digit increase in consolidated revenue for 2014, compared to consensus of $2.9B. In issuing its guidance, the company noted it saw a “very challenging” retail environment in January and February. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Wells Fargo and Jefferies lowered their respective price targets on the shares following the company's weaker than expected Q4 results and outlook. Conversely, JP Morgan said the pullback in the shares represented a buying opportunity. Though JP Morgan lowered its price target for shares to $58 from $62, the firm kept an Overweight rating on GNC. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, GNC Holdings dropped $6.61, or 12.6%, to $45.78 on nearly six times its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s slide, the stock has gained approximately 15% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that offer health and wellness products include Vitacost.com (VITC) and Vitamin Shoppe (VSI).
News For GNC;VITC;VSI From The Last 14 Days
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July 29, 2014
08:05 EDTGNCGNC Holdings sees FY14 EPS $2.85, consensus $3.03
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08:04 EDTGNCGNC Holdings: Q2 reflects difficult environment with retail traffic challenges
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08:03 EDTGNCGNC Holdings reports Q2 EPS 77c, consensus 79c
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July 28, 2014
15:47 EDTGNCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:36 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe comps should should show acceleration, says RW Baird
Baird expects Q2 earnings at Vitamin Shoppe to be in-line but believes its comparable sales should show an acceleration and an improved margin performance relative to prior quarters. The firm also believes concerns over increased promotional activity are overblown. Baird likes the stock at current levels and keeps a Buy rating with a $55 price target on the shares.
July 22, 2014
11:28 EDTVITCVitacost.com downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital
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July 21, 2014
06:19 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe recommended ahead of Q2 report at Goldman
Goldman believes Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) competitive pressures are overblown and that the company has relatively low overlap with GNC (GNC) and that recent price cuts have had minimal impact. The firm expects Vitamin Shoppe's Q2 to mark the beginning of sharp earnings acceleration and better execution and recommends buying shares ahead of the Q2 report. Shares are rated Conviction Buy with a $60 price target.
July 17, 2014
10:12 EDTGNC, VSIGNC drops after analyst downgrades on sales concerns
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10:00 EDTGNCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
07:16 EDTGNCGNC Holdings downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded GNC Holdings to Hold citing a slowdown in industry sales trends and risk of near-term earnings disappointments. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $39 from $50.
05:30 EDTGNCGNC Holdings downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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