Deutsche Bank Upgrades GNC Corp. (GNC) to Buy

April 2, 2013 7:59 AM EDT Send to a Friend
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Price: $48.09 -0.19%

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    9 Buy, 7 Hold, 1 Sell

Rating Trend: Up Up

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    Up: 15 | Down: 38 | New: 13
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Deutsche Bank upgraded GNC Corp. (NYSE: GNC) from Hold to Buy with a price target of $50.00 (from $44.00) saying risk/reward is skewed favorably to the upside.

The analyst comments: "Despite near-term headwinds, including tough YOY compares in 1Q/2Q, we like the set-up today, with GNC trading at just 11.7x our new FY14 EPS est. Investor fears seem more than discounted into the shares, and we see the risk/reward as now skewed favorably to the upside. Solid secular demand tailwinds, company-specific initiatives driving product innovation, brand awareness, traffic, and mgmt’s track record of conservative guidance give us added confidence that GNC should meet or exceed expectations for this year and that EPS growth should remain strong in '14."

The firm raised FY13 EPS est to $2.80 from $2.78; our new FY14 EPS est. goes to $3.32 from $3.24.

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Shares of GNC Corp. closed at $38.88 yesterday.

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