Goldman Sachs Upgrades GNC Corp. (GNC) to Buy

February 19, 2013 7:03 AM EST
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Price: $9.26 --0%

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Goldman Sachs upgraded GNC Corp. (NYSE: GNC) from Neutral to Buy with a price target of $50.00 (from $44.00).

The firm said the trajectory for sales and earnings is likely to sustain a stable-to-expanding multiple after a lengthy period of deceleration and multiple contraction.

"The story's underlying appeal relates to wellness exposure / rapid category growth; an emerging global presence in a potent category; heavy private brand representation that protects margins and provides shelter from online incursions; a new marketing campaign; and shareholder-friendly capital allocation," the analyst said. A successful transition for the firm's Gold Card loyalty program is the lynchpin for their thesis, according to the firm.

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Shares of GNC Corp. closed at $40.60 yesterday.

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