GNC Holdings increases share repurchase authorization to $500M GNC Holdings announced its board has authorized a multi-year program to repurchase up to an aggregate $500M of the company's class A common stock. The authorization is effective immediately, and replaces the company's previous authorization which had approximately $250M remaining. The company may finance any repurchases with cash, potential financing transactions, or a combination of the foregoing. The repurchases are expected to take place over the next 24 months with the amount and timing determined by the company based on its financial condition, business opportunities and the market conditions at the time.
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GNC Holdings upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Goldman upgraded GNC Holdings to Buy with a increased price target of $49 from $44. The firm said GNC is in the middle of a turnaround and that same-store-sales have likely bottomed. Goldman expects double-digit earnings growth to resume in 2015 driven by a broadening brand, new products, and improved customer price perception.