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February 14, 2014
10:42 EDTVSI, VITC, GNCGNC 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 (VITC) and Vitamin Shoppe (VSI).
News For GNC;VITC;VSI From The Last 14 Days
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November 19, 2015
19:21 EDTGNCGNC Holdings suspends all sales of USPlabs products
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19:20 EDTGNCGNC Holdings suspends all sales of USPlabs products
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10:46 EDTGNCOptions with increasing implied volatility
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November 18, 2015
12:27 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe says committed to working with government agencies
Vitamin Shoppe in a press release points out that yesterday, the Department of Justice along with other federal agencies announced criminal and civil actions related to unlawful sale and advertising of dietary supplements against several manufacturers as well as executives associated with some of these companies. It stated, "The health and safety of our customers, who place their trust in us when shopping at the Vitamin Shoppe, and the quality of the products we sell, are our top priorities. The Vitamin Shoppe continues to support strong steps by the appropriate regulatory bodies in oversight and to ensure compliance to protect consumers. The Vitamin Shoppe has a strong track record of regulatory compliance and oversight and we are committed to working alongside government agencies and other regulatory bodies towards a common goal of ensuring product quality and consumer safety."
07:01 EDTVSI, GNCGNC Holdings, Vitamin Shoppe shares should recover, says Macquarie
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05:11 EDTGNCGNC Holdings issues statement regarding federal enforcement actions
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November 17, 2015
16:42 EDTVSI, GNCJustice Department announces criminal charges against supplement maker USPlabs
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with partners at the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, announced a "nationwide sweep" targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The agencies noted, "The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence." Among the cases announced Tuesday is a criminal case charging USPlabs and several of its corporate officers with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, obstruction of an FDA proceeding, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Department also filed in the past week five civil cases seeking injunctive relief against a number of businesses and individuals that allegedly sold supplements as disease cures or that were otherwise in violation of the law. The cases involve various entities, including Vibrant Life, Viruxo, Optimum Health, Bethel Nutritional, VivaCeuticals, and Regeneca, said the agency. Note that shares of GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC) all slipped Tuesday following early reports of criminal charges in the dietary supplement space. Reference Link
16:26 EDTVSI, GNCOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street see-sawed throughout the day and eventually finished the day mixed, with solid earnings reports from both Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) helping the Dow notch a small gain while the S&P recorded a small loss. The averages looked to be set to extend yesterday's advance, but weakened during the afternoon following news of a stadium evacuation in Europe that unsettled investors and put a halt to the rally. The market struggled into the close but avoided a big selloff as headlines crossed that police in Germany found no explosives at the site of the game cancellation in Hanover. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. NAHB's home builder sentiment index fell 3 points to 62 in November, versus expectations for a reading of 64. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% to $59.92 after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot, gained 4.4% to $126.18 while TJX (TJX), owner of the TJ Maxx and HomeGoods brands, rose nearly 4% to $68.18 after their own better than expected quarterly reports. Missing out on the retail rally, however, was Dick's Sporting Good (DKS), which tumbled 9.4% to $36.96 after giving guidance for the holiday quarter and fiscal 2015 that missed consensus estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Airgas (ARG), which jumped $31.17, or 29.39%, to $137.35 after agreeing to be acquired by Air Liquide for $143 per share. Also higher was Syngenta (SYT), which advanced $6.69, or 9.24%, to $79.06 after Monsanto (MON) Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann told reporters the company is weighing another attempt at acquiring the Swiss firm. Among the noteworthy losers were GNC (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC), which dropped a respective 6.4%, 5%, and 15.4% after the Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it would announce actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Shares in the publicly traded companies came off their lows, but did not fully recover heading into the close, after the agency announced that its criminal case was charging USPlabs and that its five civil cases were against a number of smaller businesses. Also lower was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell $1.54, or 33.74%, to $3.02, with Oppenheimer attributing the selloff to "unsubstantiated rumors" regarding its liquidity and Deutsche Bank saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors who are focused on the balance sheet. Additionally, Adeptus (ADPT) declined 22.3% to $46.50 after an NBC affiliate published an investigative report scrutinizing billing practices at freestanding emergency rooms in Colorado. INDEXES: The Dow rose 6.49, or 0.04%, to 17,489.50, the Nasdaq gained 1.40, or 0.03%, to 4,986.02, and the S&P 500 slipped 2.75, or 0.13%, to 2,050.44.
15:10 EDTVSI, GNCDOJ files indictment against USPLabs over Supplements, FDA Law Blog says
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Herbalife (HLF) were all weak this afternoon on concerns that they would be the target of the FDA's action. Reference Link
13:44 EDTVSIFollow-up: Vitamin Shoppe downgraded on potential DOJ actions at Baird
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13:32 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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12:54 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe volatility spikes into DOJ briefing on supplement actions
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12:52 EDTGNCGNC Holdings volatility spikes on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement action
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12:28 EDTGNC, VSIGNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Herbalife at lows following DOJ supplement advisory
The Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it plans to announce at 3:30 pm today its actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Following the press advisory, shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) and Herbalife (HLF) are at session lows, though none of the companies were named in the advisory.
12:24 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe puts active on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions
Vitamin Shoppe November 25 and 30 puts are active on total put volume of 1,200 contracts (320 calls) following Bloomberg headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions. November put option implied volatility is at 166, December is at 90; compared to its 52-week range of 29 to 72. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for wide price movement.
12:22 EDTGNCGNC Holdings puts active on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions
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12:19 EDTGNCGNC down 12% following headlines of DOJ breifing on supplement actions
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12:15 EDTVSI, GNCDOJ to announce criminal, civil actions related to dietary supplement sale
Reported by Bloomberg. Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC) and Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) are down 9% and 3.5%, respectively, following the headlines.
12:12 EDTGNCGNC Holdings halted for volatility after dropping 9% to $28.33
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07:52 EDTGNCMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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